Since 2005, St. Paul police officer Dave Longbehn had been serving the community with his K-9 partner Kody alongside him until the 9-year-old German shepherd died in the line of duty three months ago.
On Feb 12, authorities were attempting to arrest Alden Anderson, 32, on a warrant in the 700 block of Aurora Avenue. Anderson grabbed Kody and stabbed him. Officers then opened fire on Anderson, killing him.
Kody died on the way to the animal hospital.
"He died doing doing exactly what he was trained to do," Longbehn said.
Longbehn and Kody were fixtures around St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reports. They would visit schools, nursing homes, VFW posts and the Minnesota State Fair. The two were even featured on the Animal Planet show "K-9 Cops."
Kody was also the Longbehn's family dog and grew up with the officer's two children.
In 2010, Longbehn confronted Jason Jones, the suspect in the ambush shooting death of Maplewood police Sgt. Joe Bergeron. Kody was in the squad car, barking and scratching at the door, FOX 9 reported.
Kody was just a few weeks away from retirement when he was killed.
Longbehn and his new K-9 partner, Duke, have been training together for the last 12 weeks at St. Paul's K-9 Academy.
"Duke is younger, very intense, very high drive in the dog," Longbehn told FOX 9.
Duke will graduate from the academy Thursday afternoon with more than a dozen K-9 officers from other departments.