Heroic Middletown police K-9 Koda dies after battle with cancer

Heroic Middletown police K-9 Koda dies after battle with cancer
Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 11:22 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2023 at 11:46 AM EST
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - A K-9 with the Middletown Police Department died early Sunday morning after a short battle with cancer, according to the Middletown Division of Police.

Middletown police say, Koda, a 7 1/2-year-old Dutch shepherd, served alongside Sgt. Dennis Jordan for the last 6 years.

In August 2020, the heroic canine helped save Sgt. Jordan after a suspect, Christopher Hubbard, fired gunshots in their direction.

It happened at the end of a police chase that began in Middletown and ended in the front yard of a Turtlecreek Township home.

Video of the incident obtained by FOX19 NOW shows Sgt. Jordan sending Koda to get the suspect out of the car. Koda was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time.

In the video, you can see Koda jump at the car window even after the shooting started, something he was prepared to do in his training, authorities say.

Sgt. Jordan was shot in the tricep, hand, and leg, according to Middletown police. Koda was not hurt.

“It could have been much worse had it not been for the bravery and heroism of K-9 Koda and the other officers involved,” Middletown police said in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

Because of the bravery that took place during this incident, K-9 Koda and Sgt. Jordan received many awards.

In 2021, they received the Valor Award at the North American Police Work Dog Association Conference for the 2020 incident.

In addition, Sgt Jordan and Koda received the National Patrol Case of the Year from the United States Police Canine Association and received the Combat Cross medal in connection with the shooting.

Sgt. Jordan and Koda also took Top Dog overall in Narcotic Detention in the United States Police Canine Association Region Five trials, as well as 1st place in Narcotic Detection Vehicles and in Narcotic Room Search. Sgt. Jordan also took home the Sportsmanship Award.

“K9 Koda dedicated his life to serving this department and community. Please keep the Jordan family and the Middletown Division of Police in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time,” police said.

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