Hundreds gather to say goodbye to K-9 Kobus

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 22:09:30-05

"In this situation the dog paid the ultimate sacrifice for the other guys that were there,” said a K-9 Officer.

K-9 Kobus took a bullet to save lives.  On Thursday his memory was honored.

OPD Sergeant Aaron Hansen fought tears as he read a poem he wrote for Kobus called “I Wag My Tail.”

“My life was broad, I did not fail, as I see God, I wag my tail,” read Sergeant Hansen.

Community members gathered at Christ Community Church.  Patriot Guard Riders held flags and local families lined the way to show their support. 

“People actually care even if it was a dog,” said 11-year-old Jessica Gall.

Kobus was a loyal partner and protector, a family member and a friend. 

“He is another police officer, yeah it was a four-legged one, but he does things that we don't want to do.  He put himself in danger to save the life of a human,” said Mills County K-9 handler Josh England. 

K-9 handlers from across the state came to show Officer Matt McKinney, his family and the department their respect.  Officer McKinney was overwhelmed by the support. 

“Once he was in the cruiser he was home, he was ready to work every day.  I am really going to miss him,” said Kobus’ handler, Officer Matt McKinney.

The decision to send Kobus into the standoff on Saturday was a tough on, but it was the right one. 

“We know we sent the right dog,” said Sgt. Steve Worley.