Richmond, VA—After 5 years of loyal service to The Richmond Police Department and the K9 Unit, K-9 Koda, a 6-year-old German Shepherd, has died.
K-9 Koda had been assigned with his handler K-9 Officer Montague Agee since 2007. Officer Agee says K-9 Koda possessed a great temperament; one that allowed the dog to be deployed with the Department's SWAT team during incidents.
Agee says of his animal partner: "Koda loved to work. He loved tracking, he was excited about his job and he loved catching bad guys," Agee said.
"There was nothing more important to him than to find something or catch that suspect and get his toy as a reward. His favorite toy was a purple octopus that squeaked. It's funny because he's supposed to be this "vicious" dog and yet the best thing in the world to him was to run around with this purple octopus that squeaked."
Police say that since the start of his work with the K9 Unit, K-9 Koda contributed greatly to the Richmond Police Department's work: the dog made 55 apprehensions and located approximately 25-plus pieces of evidence, including firearms, clothing and items belonging to suspects. He was also certified in smokeless, meaning he was specifically trained to find firearms, shell casings and bullets.
Chief Bryan T. Norwood issued a statement about K-9 Koda's dedicated service to the Richmond Police Department: "Koda and Officer Agee are reflective of the high quality of our K-9 Unit," Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. "We will miss the team of Officer Agee and K-9 Koda and their dedication to the K-9 Unit, Richmond Police Department, the City of Richmond and to the law enforcement community."
After emergency treatment discovered a terminal illness, K-9 Koda passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 7.
K-9 Koda will be recognized during the Department's Salute to Excellence Awards on Aug. 9. Anyone wishing to send cards, donations or learn more about the K-9 Unit may do so via the Friends of the Richmond K-9 Unit at P.O. Box 25495, Richmond, VA 23260; K-9 Sgt. Michael Bohannon at Michael.Bohannon@richmondgov.com; or K-9 Officer Monty Agee at Montague.Agee@richmondgov.com.
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