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East Texas community remembers K-9 Ide's service

Ide rode with Texarkana, Texas, police Officer Jeremy Sutton for four years as he patrolled the city's streets. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department) Ide rode with Texarkana, Texas, police Officer Jeremy Sutton for four years as he patrolled the city's streets. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department)
Officer Jeremy Sutton recalls one encounter that "... could have ended badly for me or the suspect had Ide not been there to engage him and get him under control." (Source: KSLA News 12) Officer Jeremy Sutton recalls one encounter that "... could have ended badly for me or the suspect had Ide not been there to engage him and get him under control." (Source: KSLA News 12)
K-9 Officer Ide, a Belgian Malinois, "had a higher drive than any police K-9 I've ever known. He just lived to work. All he wanted to do was work," Officer Jeremy Sutton said. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department) K-9 Officer Ide, a Belgian Malinois, "had a higher drive than any police K-9 I've ever known. He just lived to work. All he wanted to do was work," Officer Jeremy Sutton said. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department)
K-9 Officer Ide also partnered with Texarkana, Texas, police Officer Bo Carter for a time. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department) K-9 Officer Ide also partnered with Texarkana, Texas, police Officer Bo Carter for a time. (Source: Texarkana, Texas, Police Department)
(Source: Texarkana Texas Police Department via Facebook) (Source: Texarkana Texas Police Department via Facebook)
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

A longtime retired veteran of the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department passed away Saturday.

Now plans are in the works for a special memorial to honor K-9 Officer Ide. The date, time and location have not been set.

Meantime, people are remembering his service.

"We take it as a loss when one of them passes away because they have done so much for us," said Jeremy Sutton, one of two officers with whom Ide served.

He later added: "Anytime we lose a K-9 or retired K-9, we grieve because they do so much. They do a lot of things that keep us out of harm's way."

The Police Department posted on Facebook that the 12-year-old K-9 died of natural causes.

Hundreds of Facebook users have reacted to the Police Department's post, with many offering their condolences.

Sutton patrolled the streets of Texarkana, Texas, as a police K-9 trainer for four years.

Riding with him as his K-9 partner was Ide.

"Ide had a higher drive than any police K-9 I've ever known," Sutton recalled. "He just lived to work. All he wanted to do was work."

The Belgian Malinois was retired in 2012 due to a training injury but continued to have an an impact.

"He has just been living with me and my family to finish out his last days," Sutton said.

Ide served the city for six years working with Sutton and Officer Bo Carter.

The K-9 had numerous apprehensions, successful tracks and successful narcotics finds to his credit.

He also protected his fellow police officers.

"I had fought an armed suspect at one time that Ide apprehended," Sutton recalled.

"And it could have ended badly for me or the suspect had Ide not been there to engage him and get him under control."

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