EDISON — Koda, one of the Edison Police Department’s K-9 dogs, died Monday of natural causes. The eight-year-old German shepherd had served with the department since 2006 and was assigned to his handler and partner Patrolman Robert Ellmyer Jr.
“Koda has been an integral part of the overall police operation for many years,” said Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “He always performed his duties admirably and was responsible for removing significant quantities of drugs off of our streets. In addition, Koda was loved by many of our citizens especially the children who had the opportunity see him during his many demonstrations at various community events over his career.”
Koda was a certified narcotics detection canine as well as a police service dog. He he had assisted in several hundred narcotic searches both within Edison Township and outside of it, working with other law enforcement agencies.
The Edison Police Department currently still has one active K-9, Lucky, who is certified as an explosives detection canine as well as a police service dog with his handler Patrolman Shawn Meade.
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