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Hero Down: Ford County Sheriff’s K9 Kyra Dies Of Medical Issue After Pursuit

Ford County, KS – Ford County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) K9 Kyra died in the line of duty on Monday afternoon after assisting with a pursuit, according to her department.

The Belgian Malinois was dispatched to a pursuit entering Ford County in the early-morning hours of Sept. 6, Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr said in a Facebook post that evening.

After assisting with the call for service, K9 Kyra began displaying signs of distress.

She was rushed to a local veterinary clinic, where she was immediately taken into emergency surgery, Sheriff Carr said.

“It is with great sadness, that I announce the passing of our beloved K9 Kyra this afternoon,” the sheriff’s post read. “Despite all efforts, she crossed over the rainbow bridge…”

Her exact cause of death was not released.

Sheriff Carr said K9 Kyra “heroically served” her community for the past eight years.

Residents expressed their condolences on the FCSO’s Facebook page in the wake of the announcement of K9 Kyra’s death.

“Rest in peace Kyra,” one person wrote. “You were such a bad-ss and took many bad guys down.”

“Condolences to the Department Officer Kyra worked for, and her handler as well,” another message read. “We will take the watch Officer, you go on to the Rainbow Bridge. You can wait rest in peace. Thank you for your service and a job well done. To Protect And To Serve!!!!!!!”

“So sorry for your loss of Officer Kyra! Ford County Sheriff’s Office is in my prayers!” another resident wrote. “Thank you Officer Kyra for your service, RIP precious pup!”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office in the loss of K9 Kyra.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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