Kohn, a Belgian Malinois who served as a K-9 officer with the Bryan Police Department before retiring last year, had died.
Bryan police Sgt. Chad Hanks announced via social media that his former partner died from health complications on Friday morning. Kohn was 14.
Hanks said he received Kohn when the dog was 1 1/2 years old and that Kohn gave nearly a decade of his life apprehending several dozen crime suspects and assisting in numerous narcotics calls. During Kohn’s career, he had trained with or deployed with federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspector, Arkansas State Police SWAT, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, College Station Police Department and SWAT, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas A&M University Police Department, according to information previously published in The Eagle.
Kohn received a bulletproof K-9 vest from a Texas A&M student fundraiser in 2013, performed demonstrations at large public events and was featured in several Eagle articles. He retired in January 2018 and had been living at home with the Hanks family as a pet ever since.
On Friday, Hanks posted to Facebook describing his feelings about the loss of Kohn.
“I knew [Kohn’s death] was coming, but didn’t want it today,” the post states. “He was my partner for nine years, and it was arguably the best nine years of my career. It’s amazing how an animal can have such an impact on not only my life, but the lives of many others. ... Rest in peace, Knucklehead, I’ll see you later! Courage and loyalty!”