Ike — Law Enforcement / Arson
In 2011, Ike was selected to become the Special Response Team K-9 for a federal Tactical Unit which covered the Midwest United States. This team of ATF special agents and one canine would travel throughout the country arresting the most violent of criminals. Ike was a vital part in not only apprehending the criminals, but providing safety for operators and the public. In addition to the high-risk duties associated with this job, Ike was also utilized to visit children in many different capacities weather in hospitals or schools. I have a picture of him visiting a children’s cancer unit as well as other photos of him interacting with children at charity events. If I could nominate him for multiple areas, I would. I’m not just nominating him because of his fearless attitude and work ethic. I’m nominating him because he is a loving dog to all people, especially children. He is a very unique soul. We had to retire him last year because he contracted degenerative mylopathy, which is a spinal disease. For his own safety, we wanted him to live out his remaining years in comfort and the joy of retirement. He deserves recognition on many different fronts. A recognition he would never want or ask for but truly deserves. I’m nominating him because the public deserves to know that there is not just a sense of Duty and loyalty in law enforcement, but also empathy and caring for the public. That’s what this dog emulates to his core.