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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department has set a date for the latest presentation of a Purple Heart award. K-9 officer 'Var' will be awarded the Purple Heart at a City Council meeting on April 27 for injuries sustained in a shooting last month.

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

A police committee decided April 8 to award the medal to Var. Var and his handler, Danny Lesser, will accept the award at the meeting around 6 p.m. 

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

Comment: This story has generated a huge reaction in the Spokane Community, both positive and negative. Some of you feel the dog deserves the award, others do not. Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

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