Everett Police Dept.
Avenue - Everett, WA 98201
Lt. B. Deckard
On March 24,
2003 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Officer Chip Higinbotham and his
partner K-9 Ikon were involved in the pursuit of a wanted felon in the
Silver Lake area. The suspect a
33-year-old Everett man was stopped for a traffic violation. Officers
discovered that the suspect was wanted for an outstanding felony warrant
for a Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, a narcotics
violation. The suspect fled from officers on foot. A foot pursuit began
from the 900 block of Peters Place. Ikon and Officer Higinbotham tracked
the suspect on a circuitous route through the Silver Lake Neighborhood
to Interstate 5 near 112th Street, closing the distance on the suspect.
Officer Higinbotham released Ikon to track through some thick
underbrush. The suspect fled across Interstate 5, with Ikon tracking
him. A passing motorist struck the K-9 who was gravely injured, and the
suspect escaped on foot. The motorist did not stop after the accident.
Officers transported Ikon to a veterinary clinic where he died from his
injuries at around midnight. On the morning of March 25th officers
continued the search for the suspect and located him at a residence in
the 900 block of Peters Place. The suspect was booked into the County
Jail for the Arrest Warrant. Ikon served the Everett Police Department
for 5 years and was a deeply loved member of the Everett Police
department. He was an 8-year-old German Shepherd police dog that had
been obtained by the department through the Vancouver Police Department
in Vancouver Canada. Ikon, like all Everett Police K-9s, served with
great distinction and courage throughout his career with the department.
Ikon was an integral part of Officer Higinbotham's family throughout his
career, living at the home of the officer during off duty hours. Officer
Higinbotham and Ikon were committed to community involvement providing
demonstrations for a large number of community groups over his career.
Ikon will be greatly missed by our community.
Chip is scheduled to go back to
work on the 23rd.
He will be going back to the same
just without Ikon.
Sgt. Boyd Bryant #205
community memorial service for Ikon
Everett New Life Center
April 2, 2003 at 1:00 P.M.
Members of the
community are welcome to attend.
Thank you for the kind messages. Officer Higinbotham and his family
greatly appreciate the support. We have received requests from the
public about donations in Ikon's memory.
Donations may be
made by check payable to: The Everett
Police Department K-9 Fund
Checks should be
Remember - you are
welcome to attend the memorial service. The News release contains a link
to a map detailing the location of the memorial.
Ceremony. MAP --Sincerely,
Sgt. Boyd Bryant #205, Public Information
Everett, Washington 98201
Avenue, Everett, Washington
"I have been in Law
Enforcement for eight years having been hired first by the City of
Snohomish in late 1991, and then moving to Everett in early 1992. I am
married with two children, both still at home with my wife and I. When I
am not working I enjoy water skiing and playing baseball, having played
in college in central Arizona, and presently playing on the Everett
Police Fast Pitch Softball team. "Upon becoming an Everett Police
Officer I was initially assigned to the Patrol Division where I served
as a Patrol Officer for the first six years. I became a Canine Handler
in early 1998, teaming up with Ikon at that time. Ikon and I attended
formal training for three months in Vancouver, British Columbia,
returning to Everett as a fully certified Canine Team in June 1998.
When I was a child I had an opportunity to observe a Police Canine
demonstration in my hometown. From that moment I set a goal for myself
to someday become a Police Canine Handler. In addition to working as a
Patrol Officer, and now a Canine Handler, I am also a fully qualified
member of the Department's Tactical Unit as a Special Weapons Technician
and Sharpshooter. I greatly enjoy that part-time position as well as my
full time assignment with Ikon."
four-year-old German Shepherd that was born in British Columbia, Canada.
He had some limited training prior to becoming my partner. He was
trained using the German language, and he receives all of his commands
in German. He was approximately two and one-half years old when he
became an Everett Police canine. He weighs in at 80 pounds and his
markings are Black and Tan. Upon becoming my partner he attended the
formal training with me in Canada and is now my constant companion when
we are on duty.
"He lives with me
at my home, enjoying his own kennel when there. He gets along great with
my other German Shepherd, as well as all members of my family. He likes
children and does very well when we do demonstrations at local schools.
He loves to play ball and swim. Actually, he loves anything to do with
water and he has been known to attack garden hoses when the opportunity
arises. Ikon has been directly responsible for 19 captures since he and
I began working together, with the most significant one being the
capture of a suspect fleeing from a Burglary. This person turned out to
be a wanted felon out of the state of Mississippi, who was found to be
armed with two stolen handguns after capture."
submitted by Everett Police K9 unit,
submitted to me by
Cathy Logg: 425-339-3437
Stephanie S. Cordle / the Herald
Cathy Logg - Herald Writer
police officer Chip Higinbotham speaks at a memorial service for
his canine partner Ikon in Everett Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds
say farewell to police dog that died in the line of duty.
Everett police officer Chip Higinbotham speaks at a memorial
service for his canine partner Ikon in Everett Wednesday
EVERETT -- The
photographs showed what words tried to describe. Ikon at work, lunging
with his teeth bared, totally focused on someone or something just out
of view. Ikon in training, dragging a "suspect" by the pant leg out of a
patrol car. Ikon at play, standing next to "dad" at the edge of a lake.
Ikon at rest, sprawled atop a patrol car, taking advantage of a lull in
his shift. Ikon as a puppy, before he became one of the Everett Police
Department's K-9s with a badge. Nearly 300 people -- including more than
50 police dog handlers -- turned out Wednesday for a remembrance
ceremony for the 8-year-old German shepherd. Ikon died March 25 after
being hit by a car while tracking a suspect running across I-5 near
112th Street SE. He was memorialized during a ceremony at the New Life
Those attending the
ceremony walked past a gathering of other police dogs and their
handlers, who came from as far as Oregon, British Columbia and Eastern
Washington to honor one of their own. Many of the speakers had stories
to tell of Ikon, including officer Chip Higinbotham and his wife, Dena,
and their children, Randy, 18, and Allison, 12. "Ikon was not just a dog
to me," Allison Higinbotham said. "He was like a second brother. He was
a one-of-a-kind dog, and I will never forget him." When other dogs were
playing with balls and chew toys, Ikon was playing with two-by-fours and
pieces of drain pipe, she said. She described him as "goofy, happy and
sweet." Others spoke of Ikon's loyalty and devotion, gentleness and
courage, and of the more than 80 suspects he captured in his six years
with the department. Randy Higinbotham, who sometimes played the bad guy
during K-9 training sessions, called Ikon a "police officer, partner,
friend and member of the family." The dog always found him, no matter
where he tried to hide. Police officers jokingly called Ikon "psycho
dog" because of his eagerness, spirit and fearlessness in doing his job,
said K-9 trainer Sgt. Gord McGuinness of the Vancouver B.C., police
department. He described Ikon and Higinbotham as one of the most
impressive K-9 teams he's ever known. "We had our go-rounds early on
trying to decide who was boss of the situation," Chip Higinbotham said.
"And most of the time, it turned out to be him. He was a phenomenal
dog." No decision has been made on whether Chip Higinbotham will get
another police dog for a partner. "We want Chip and his family to have
some time to recover," Sgt. Boyd Bryant said. "It's a very substantial
commitment. The dogs become a core facet of a family."
Loving Memory of
Vom Kulten Eck
March 24, 2003
FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chief of Police
South US 1 - Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Police officer remembers his K-9 partner
staff writer 3-29, 2003 -Fort Pierce Tribune
Perry Martin and his K-9 partner Igor had a secret language. If
the German shepherd cocked his head and his ears pointed in a
certain direction, it meant the suspect was that way. If he
passed a door, cocked his head to the side and kept walking, it
meant the person was hiding behind the doorway and Igor was
merely checking the other doors to make sure no one else would
get the jump on Martin. For about a decade, Martin spent every
hour of every day with Igor Vom Kulten Eck, the department's
legendary K-9 and one of the most celebrated and toughest dogs
ever to work for the force. Igor was put to sleep Monday after
back and muscle problems became so severe that he could hardly
sleep at night. It was a rough moment for Martin, supervisor of
the K-9 unit, who fulfilled a lifelong dream when he joined the
unit with Igor in 1991 after spending five years with the
department. "When I was a little kid, I found out that police
officers could take their dogs to work," Martin said. "Ever
since then, I've wanted to do this. I've always been into dogs."
As he sorted through Igor's photographs and awards Wednesday
afternoon, Martin's current K-9 Jazz curled up near his feet.
While Igor had a fierce reputation, it is the quieter moments
they shared that bring a smile to Martin's face. Like the time
Igor served as best man at his wedding. Or the way the 112-pound
dog, who never hesitated in tackling a suspect, would come home
each night to check on his best friend Scooter, a pot-bellied
pig who taught him how to use a doggy door. When it came to
work, though, Igor was all business. "He was very, very
protective of me," Martin said. "He had a pretty nasty
reputation . . . he was not a sociable dog." Fellow officers
knew not to approach Martin lightly while Igor was working or
the dog could well attack them. Criminal suspects -- he had
about 70 apprehensions in his career -- learned a similar
lesson. Despite his grumpy demeanor at work, Martin said the dog
never snapped at any of his children. "He was just an all-around
good police dog," said Sgt. Katherine England, who has known
Igor since joining the force in 1991. "Igor had a hunch for it.
He was quite an asset." Igor joined the force at the age of 18
months, going through 400 hours of basic training and hundreds
more hours of training practice during his career. During that
time, he got to know many of the officers on the force well. "We
get close to the dogs," England said. "They are a fellow
officer. They put their lives on the line for us." As Officer
Robert Stagner, a former K-9 officer, noted at Igor's
retirement: "He commanded respect when he came out of the car."
Igor retired two years ago, almost 13 years old, and initially
had a hard time getting used to civilian life. "When I got home
I would let him ride in my car for a bit," Martin said. "He
would get real antsy otherwise." his old age began to take its
toll on Igor, he eventually settled into his new, quieter life.
Even in retirement, Igor still received plenty of birthday
cards, notes and letters from people around the country who have
followed his career, Martin said. "I'm going to miss him,"
Martin said. "He was always, always with me. If I was on
vacation, so was he. Where you saw me, you saw him, too."
currently works with K-9 Jazz --------
Fort Pierce Police K-9 Igor plays ball with his handler,
Perry Martin, in December 1999.
Handler: Detective Billy
Belton, MO Police
7001 E. 163rd Street
- Belton MO 64012
GREAT NEWS! The
Discovery Channel's Animal Planet was out at the sanctuary during
November 2000 filming a story on Home For LifeŽ! The basis for the story
is a retired police dog named Iso. He is from Belton, MO Police
Detective Unit. The police detective, who had been Iso's partner, was
unable to keep Iso at his home after the dog's retirement because he was
barking and disturbing the neighbors. Detective Jones believed that Iso
was bored and frustrated with nothing to do all day after his career of
10 years with the police force. Because of Iso's age (12 years) and his
specialized training as a police dog, he was not suitable for adoption.
We are excited to have him come to live at Home For LifeŽ where Iso will
have a new role as the greeter/guard of the new Feline Isolation Habitat
building. We believe that it is good for a dog like Iso to have a job to
do that will make him feel he is still worthwhile and important. Animal
Planet plans to air the show sometime this Winter or early Spring!
K-9 Iso interviewed
for Animal Planet on TV 2001
Jones, Iso's partner on the Belton, MO Police Force, introduces Iso to
Home For LifeŽ
Since "Iso's Good-bye" debuted on the show "A Pet Story" on June 1,
2001, people all over the country who saw the program have written and
emailed to see how Iso, the star, is faring. Iso continues to thrive.
The show has been rebroadcast a number of times through subsequent
seasons, never failing to touch and inspire viewers who saw Iso find a
loving home for his retirement years after a lifetime of service as a
police dog in Missouri.
submitted by Kelly