The Kill Devil Hills Police Department is mourning the unexpected passing of retired K9 Officer Ire, whose career included uncovering illegal narcotics, recovering evidence, locating the lost and serving as a lively ambassador at community events.
Ire began her career in Kill Devil Hills in September 2008 and had specialized training in the detection of illegal narcotics, evidence and property recovery, tracking of suspects and missing persons, apprehension of suspects, and obedience.
Ire was nationally certified with the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the American Work Dog Association (AWDA).
During her time on the force, she performed a number of vehicle and residential narcotic searches, finding a large amount of narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, the town said in a news release.
Ire also had several tracks and successes in recovering evidence.
Ire also performed demonstrations at special events, including National Night Out and Red Ribbon Week at the schools.
After a very successful career, Ire retired in 2013 due to a torn ACL in her right back leg.
Town police said she’s been enjoying her retirement with former handler Sgt. Lee Twiddy until her unexpected passing on March 5.