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K-9 Irko and his handler Sergeant Steven Burns

MVC-034ScSergeant Steven Burns with his K-9 partner Irko. Sgt. Burns became Irko's handler in 2003. Irko was a police dog, trained in tracking and defending his human handlers. Irko was very much respected by local law enforcement and was good at his job. Having worked as a police dog for Knox County for about six years, Irko passed away while Sgt. Burns was deployed in Iraq in 2010.