St. Paul K9 'Kody' to be remembered for his service, bravery

12:15 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. --  Kody's story should start at the beginning.

Back in 2005, when he trained alongside his partner, St. Paul Police veteran officer Dave Longbehn to win a spot on the force.

Kody was a natural from the beginning of the rigorous training and in 10 weeks it paid off.

Kody became a part of the St. Paul police family that year as well as a part of officer Longbehn's family.

He would be Longbehn's second K9 partner. Longbehn lost his first, Dakota, to a disease earlier in 2005.

But from the start Kody and Longbehn were a great team. Never was that more evident than the summer of 2010 when while off duty, Longbehn heard the call of officer shot and rushed to the scene.

Kody was there alongside Longbehn when he nearly died apprehending Jason Jones, the man who hours before killed Maplewood police Sergeant Joe Bergeron in an ambush.

Longbehn was struck in the face with a metal object by Jones, and then Jones went for his gun, Longbehn somehow was able to hold onto his gun and shoot and kill Jones.

The following year Dave Longbehn was named police officer of the year in Washington D.C.

Since then, over the last 7 years, Kody has been in harm's way with Dave countless times.

That remained true Tuesday afternoon when they, as a part of the North Star Fugitive Task Force, went to serve a warrant on a violent sex offender in the 700 block of Aurora in St. Paul.

The suspect was in the basement of the home when officers went in, Kody headed down the stairs, and the suspect stabbed him multiple times.

The officers then fatally shot the suspect.

Kody, died on his way to the veterinary hospital.

He was 9-years-old when his service came to an end.

"It's sentimental, it's something, and it's like a family member. It hits the department hard. One of our own," a choked up St. Paul Sgt. Paul Paulos said Tuesday when asked about the dog's death.

Kody was only 2-years-old when he trained for the job that would eventually take his life, but it was evident then he would always put himself between the threat and his partner.

Never hesitating to risk his own safety, for that of his fellow officers.

And that is Kody's legacy. He did his duty, until it was done.

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