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Injured Police dog to receive Purple Heart

Canine officer Var recovering from gunshot wounds Canine officer Var recovering from gunshot wounds
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department decided Wednesday that 'Var' the Police dog will be awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained last month.

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A suspected car thief shot Var during a chase on March 17th in Spokane.  Var's handler returned fire killing the suspect, 22 year old Johnnie Longest.

A police committee decided Wednesday morning to award the medal to Var.

Var and his handler Danny Lesser will accept the award at a future City Council meeting.  The date has not yet been determined.

This will be the fifth Purple Heart awarded by the Spokane Police Department and the first to a K9.

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Spokane police are training a new police dog to replace one that was nearly killed in the line of duty.

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He will replace Var, an eight-year veteran who was shot in the face and leg when a traffic stop turned into a deadly shooting last month. He is now in retirement.

Rav is a three-year old German Shepherd from Holland who is going through an eight week training course.

His handler, Officer Dan Lesser, said Rav is Var spelled backwards.

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