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Funeral held for K9 Officer Kenny

Posted: 7:02 PM, Nov 19, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-19 20:02:11-05

GREENFIELD --  Thursday was a difficult day for a Milwaukee police officer whose partner had four feet.  K9 Kenny served in the Milwaukee Police Department for eight years. 

The final roll call went out at his service today, and you could hear the impact it had on the department.

K9 Officer Kenny lost a quick battle to cancer this week. The honor guard was on watch as his partner, Milwaukee police officer Christina Marshall, and others come out to pay their respects.

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“And I’d go from the north side to the south side, call to call, just working all night and he loved it," said Officer Marshall.

Officer Marshall got Kenny in 2007. In his tenure, his keen sense of smell led police to guns and drugs hidden in bizarre places.

“In the ceilings of cars, in the ceilings of homes, hidden inside walls, even electrical outlets, they would screw those off and hide drugs," said Officer Marshall.

But more than that, Kenny was a best friend to his handler on the job and at home, as seen in a video wrestling with his sister in the Marshalls' back yard.

“He’d sleep with us, guard us at night, and he’d go to to work with me and kept me safe," said Officer Marshall.

K9 Officer Kenny was one of MPD's seven patrol dogs. There is an effort underway to have his photo, along with the photos of the department's other K9s, placed on a wall of fame.