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Danger is part of the job for Denison K-9 officer

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Denison police K-9 Officer Ivar with his handler, Officer William Deering. (KTEN) Denison police K-9 Officer Ivar with his handler, Officer William Deering. (KTEN)
Officer Ivar examines the contents of a trash can. (KTEN) Officer Ivar examines the contents of a trash can. (KTEN)
Denison police K-9 Officer Ivar performs both narcotics and patrol work. (KTEN) Denison police K-9 Officer Ivar performs both narcotics and patrol work. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Last week, an Alabama K-9 officer died in the line of duty during a search at a prison.

It's believed the dog died after inhaling suspected synthetic marijuana.

The well-being of four-legged law enforcement officers is always a primary concern to their human handlers.

We spent some time Tuesday with Officer Ivar with the Denison Police Department. His partner, Officer William Deering, said they do the best they can to prepare for any action in the field.

"He's a Belgian Malinos," Deering said. "He's getting close to eight years old. He's a dual-purpose canine: He does narcotics and patrol work."

Ivar has been Deering's right hand dog since 2013, when he joined the department.

"He's one of my family members, but I do understand that there is a chance that something could happen to him... but that's not what I want," Deering said.

The K-9 officer's job is similar to any police personnel; he's put in dangerous situations, he's out sniffing for drugs, he's at risk.

Ivar plays a major role in the department, but he has a duty to serve. Last week's tragic incident in Alabama hits home for K-9 handlers everywhere knowing what their partners are going through to be the most prepared.

Deering and Ivar participate in monthly training sessions, which can be tough but necessary. This K-9 officer is eager to be at work serving Denison, but there have been times when veterinarians have ordered him to take some time off.

"When he's ill, I take him to the vet," Deering said. "If they recommend he be down and out, then he stays at home and I still come to work but he'll stay at home until he recovers. We don't push them until they are injured or hurt. That's not what we want; that's not the point of the K-9 unit. The K-9 unit is to assist the other officers."

Ivar has been out of service for the past couple of weeks, but he knows where he is supposed to be: In the line of duty with his partner.

Jake, the K-9 that died in Alabama, was buried on Tuesday with full honors.

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