The sadness was evident last week when the news of the passing of the Cherokee Police Department’s beloved K-9 Dog Ike was announced.
Ike faithfully served the CPD and all area law enforcement for six years before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October and given just a short time to live.
Becaue of Ike’s effectiveness and endearing qualities, the community rallied around the CPD’s request by donating more than $14,000 for a drug dog to replace Ike and proudly continue his invalueable service in his memory.
“Please keep our officers in your thoughts because this is tough for everyone on the Department,” noted CPD Chief Nate James at the time of announcung Ike’s ilness. “Many of us have had the chance to be with Ike for a long time and care a lot about him."
Those comments ring as true today with the news that Ike has passed.
“He fought a long hard fight and was enjoyable till the end. Ike never suffered and was in good spirits,” said Chief James in his weekly report last week.
May those words bring comfort to our dedicted police officers and to all who knew Ike.
And may Ike’s memory never fade.