Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Koda

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Reflections for K9 Koda

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

February 2, 2013

REST and PLAY in PEACE K9 KODA America and Florida 's HERO
Faithful Friend and Companion to Deputy Ron McMullen Leon County Sheriffs Office Years of Service 2008 to 2013
LODD End Of Watch 1.31.13
Fearless in his work, He lost his life in hostile gun fire anticipating a bullet meant for his handler, K9 Deputy
Koda gave his,
saving his handler and other deputies on the scene
Thank you for your years of law enforcement service. We give you Honor and Memory for keeping our citizens and brothers safe and secure that we may all live in freedom.

THERE is no greater TRUST than the one created by the bond between K9 law-enforcement working dogs and their Trooper, Deputy, or Police Handler. There is no greater LOYALTY than these dogs who would lay down their lives for their partners and for you and me if called on to do so in the line of duty; there is no greater COMFORT and ASSURANCE in public trust and safety to know that is truth and can always be counted on. There is no greater cheetah-like SPEED, to OBEDIENCE than by these dogs who respond to their partner’s commands to words that need only be said once. There is no better way to HONOR these dogs than to acknowledge, appreciate and respect them and their partners, both together in service for our safety, and to remember those partners lost together and forever to us and their families.
There is no better way to PAY them back than to treat all dogs a little kinder – a little gentler and with more compassion: those who serve our military in war, guard our beaches, serve our customs officers at our borders, our firefighters who save lives and property, our agriculture agencies who safeguard our food, our rescue dogs who aid in disaster or in loss of children or elderly, our assistance dogs who see and hear for us, predict our diseases and alert our seizures giving us freedom to work, drive and swim and our service dogs who give our veterans in need their lives back; those who are abused, exploited and cruelly treated for profit or criminal intent, those who provide therapy to heal us faster, comfort our needs, teach us to read and warn us of danger, and those who listen to our stories when we are sad and share our joy when we laugh; who give us friendship and companionship like no other; and those in all animal shelters who were born unwanted, were neglected, abandoned and wait for a new and forever home.
There is no greater nose to scent, eyes to sight, heart to give and no braver or more courageous spirit to work and serve. Of these K-9 Working Dogs also can be attributed the highest form of sacrifice by man “greater love hath no man than to give up his life for another. For them Heaven’s reward is a special section across the Rainbow Bridge reserved only for them where they play all day in meadows where angels sing; and never again hear the sound of another bullet. They are the very special select ones, elite and best of their breed; our Guardians of the Night and the Day, whose life as a hero dog on earth represents the highest in VALOR. May they and their partners always be blessed and watched over by our Creator who you will find always in their name only backwards. By Barbara Snow
United States War Dog Association, Inc.
Southern Chapter

barbara snow exec dir US War Dogs Assn.S
US WAR DOGS ASSN Southern Chapter

February 2, 2013

Thank you Koda for your dedication to your handler, and department. While I wish you did not have to give your life your actions protected the deputies with you. Rest easy. To that handler and the agency my deepest regret for you loss and stay strong.

DFC B. Keenan
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

February 2, 2013

You did a job well done!! my thoughts and prayers are with you your partner and your department good job Koda.

Salt Lake City, Utah

February 2, 2013

Rest in peace Koda.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

February 2, 2013

K-9 Koda helped protect not only his handler, theother officers on scene and his community from an armed & dangerous suspect who was wanted on numerous felony charges. He is a true hero & we know that his loss is deeply felt at home as well as in his community. Sending our thoughts to Dep McMullen & the family of K-9 Koda at home and at the Leon County Sheriff's Office. We stand with you at this time of sadness.

Thank you K-9 Koda for your service and sacrifice to keep us all safe.

Cover Your K-9 Team
The Police & Working K-9 Foundation

February 2, 2013

RIP Koda.

SA Ellen Pierson

February 2, 2013

RIP Koda. Thank you for your service. May your family find peace knowing you will never be forgotten.

Detective Laura Price
Island County Sheriff

February 1, 2013

K9 Koda- What an awesome job you did! Thank you for giving your life to protect the lives of others! My condolences to your handler, as well as to the Leon County Sherriff Dept. You and your heroism will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Officer Koda.

Doris Myers

February 1, 2013

I know this k-nine gave his life willing in the line of duty without a thought. He would do it again today if he could. Thanks to all of you for the choices you make to keep us safe.

jennifer phillips
widow of sgt ron phillips

February 1, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. I had a sheapard named Coda. He was amazing as I am sure Koda was. My fiance' asked me is it the same as killing an officer? I told her yes. All K-9 are officers and it is heart breaking hearing of any officer down. Unfortunately they dont have weapons to protect themselves while they are protecting and serving us and their commander. May you rest in peace in heaven because we know there are no bad dogs just bad owners and " ALL DOGS GO TO HEVEN "

Joseph Billone (god son/nephew of fallen

February 1, 2013

Thoughts and prayers for Koda's family.

K9 Sergeant Matthew E. Grubb
Ross Police Department, Pittsburgh

February 1, 2013

It was an honor to serve with such a great K9. Koda you did your job well. Rest in peace K9 Hero. I know God has a special place up there for you. Ron I know this is going to be a challenging time for you and your family but know you have a brother here who prays for you and your family as you deal with this tragic event.


Sean Wyman and K9 Baron

Officer Sean Wyman
Tallahassee Police Department

February 1, 2013

May God comfort Koda's Family during this time of loss.

JM - Police Officer
Bolingbrook Police

February 1, 2013

Thoughts and prayers to my brothers and sisters in law of the blue side of the emergency services line. Your K-9 and Equine partners are still your partners, and there for still part of our family. I shed a tear with you tonight in memory of a K-9 I didnt know, but still miss. Know that in this loss, he is watching down on us all, guarding our backs from above, and maybe even being a guideing angel for a future K-9. THoughts and prayers.

Firefighter/EMT Myer
Victoria Fire Department, Victoria, Tx

February 1, 2013

My sincerest sympathy to the Leon County Sheriff's Department for the loss of K9 Officer Koda. Rest in peace Koda, thank you for your service...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

February 1, 2013

God Bless you, Koda. A job well done!


February 1, 2013

thoughts and prayers go out to Kodas family and the sheriffs department thank you Koda for your dedicated work

police supporter

February 1, 2013

Just so sorry for your loss of Officer Koda! I always new there was a special place in heaven for our beloved pets, but our K9 heroes must be in an extraordinary place in heaven. I know you'll be reunited one day. God bless!

(Sgt) Earl Smith, Retired
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

February 1, 2013

God Bless your co-workers. R.I.P.

James P. Waggle

February 1, 2013

Rest in Peace Koda..Carry on To The Rainbow Bridge.

The Life Of A Police Dog

Author - Unknown
You brought me home
One sunny day
With you for years
I would surely stay.

I met your pack
Children and wife
I began to love
My new-found life.

I slept on your couch
At the foot of your bed
You looked at me lovingly
While petting my head.

We trained for months
And our bonding grew
We were both partners
Buddies in Blue.

We did school demo’s
And I never did wrong
Over all of the years
My love for you grew strong.

How I loved to work
To stand up and bark
In the back of our car
From light until dark.

We went call to call
Having fun all the way
Until the call came
On that one fateful day.

A man with a gun
The dispatcher did say
I jumped from my car
When it pointed your way.

Before leaving home I was told
“keep him safe” by your wife
I knew at that moment
For you I would give my life.

The bullet struck hard
Steady and true
The bullet struck me instead
Of striking you.

When you go home tonight
Tell your wife I did good
Strong, Tall and Proud
On the ground that I stood.

I’m dead and gone now
This much is true
But I’ve done my job well
Of protecting you.

Thank you
Loyal partner,
Faithful friend,
You will be greatly missed.

Greg Matt Retired
AF Security Police 1964-1974

February 1, 2013




February 1, 2013

RIP Koda....job well done!

A Dog Lover and Rescuer

February 1, 2013

Rest in peace my k-9 brother.

Deputy T. Luttrell

February 1, 2013

I know Koda will be terribly missed. He was doing the job he was trained to do, as we all do, and paid the ultimate price. Sheriff Campbell, our prayers go out to you, and the Leon County Sheriff's Department.

Training/Academy Staff, Ron Turner
Indiana Department of Correction

February 1, 2013

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