Community celebrates retirement of OCPD K9
OCEAN CITY, Md. – The beloved police K-9 Koda was a big highlight of the day on Tuesday as people celebrated his seven years of service keeping the community safe.
Koda and his partner Corporal Michael Kelly made 626 calls for service over Koda’s time with the Ocean City Police Department. Hundreds of calls that led to dozens of drug busts, arrests and saved citizens.
Many don’t realize how valuable police dogs like Koda are for officers and how dangerous the job can be.
“They’re there to help us out. It’s kind of hard having the affection for the dog and sending them into situations like that because I know what could happen to him. And he’s been my partner for the past 6 and a half years but I have 100 other people that are wearing blue behind me that are my partners as well, so if he could save one of us from harm than he’s doing his job,” explains Cpl. Kelly.
Koda will be spending his retirement with his handler, Cpl. Kelly and his family. The police department has five other dogs like Koda on the force.