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Utah K-9 officer receives Purple Heart

A K-9 officer in Utah that is included on the job in August, received a Purple Heart during the weekend, the Spectrum reports.

Tess, a belgian Malinois with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, was injured this summer when she went after a carjacking suspect, according to KUTV.

Deputy Mike Graf is the dog and the handler. He was reportedly presented with Tess Purple Heart by a local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter on Saturday.

“It is a great award for her,” Graf told the Spectrum. “But it warms my heart to know that the community who simply loves the work that we do and love the dogs enough to reach out to thank you.”

Tess, a K-9 officer, was shot on the job in August.

(Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

“Although She is still in treatment and evaluation, she has cut down to return to work in a light capacity,” the sheriff’s office said in a Sept. 26 Facebook post. “For now, they will help clear the drugs out of our community.”

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Graf told the newspaper that She continues to progress in her recovery.

“It is a never-ending process of getting her work, the work by the fight that they had. We have worked back through some of the gunfire situations, we have been working on getting back in a number of biting,” Graf said. “She is very good, so it is quite impressive to see how strongly the dog she really is. It only comes to her true character and her drive.”

Alvie Jared Grover, 55, allegedly shot the K-9 officer. He is charged with eight charges, including one count of injuring or interfering with a police service animal, the sheriff’s office said in a Sept. 1 Facebook post.

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