Polk Sheriff’s Office K9 Kimbo laid to rest

Published 10:00 pm Monday, September 14, 2015

A long law enforcement procession drove from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to McFarland Funeral Chapel Tuesday evening, Sept. 8 for officers to say goodbye to K9 Kimbo.

Approximately 100 people attended Kimbo’s service Tuesday, including both Polk County and surrounding county officers who were impacted by the K9’s service.

Kimbo’s “end of watch” was on Friday, Aug. 28 when he died after a short bout with cancer.

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He had been with the sheriff’s office for nearly five years. The Belgian Malinois breed would have been seven years old in January.

Lt. Jared McFalls, Kimbo’s handler, said Kimbo was the sheriff’s office bread and butter, especially when it came to drug seizures. Kimbo was often called upon by other law enforcement agencies, including other counties, to perform searches.

Kimbo lived and worked with McFalls, who said he feels obsolete since the dog’s passing because part of him is no longer there.

The service included words from friends, a chaplain and a dispatcher’s final call for Kimbo.

Ribbons are being worn by officers in Kimbo’s absence.