62. DeLand police K9 Daro retires from the force

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k9 Daro retires from DeLand PD / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Above: The DeLand PD k9 team of Daro and Sgt. Richard Cody stand proudly and Daro shown by himself on retirement day, Oct. 4, 2021. Below: DeLand Police Chief Richard Ubburger promotes Richard Cody to the rank of Sergeant in 2019. The k9 unit poses in front of 5 pounds of marijuana seized in 2020 seized that Daro sniffed out, and the two had a fun time at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach in 2019 showing off some training skills.

By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer 

DELAND, Fla. -- After seven years-plus of service with the DeLand Police Department, k9 Daro retired on Oct 4.  

Sgt. Richard Cody returned to work minus his four-legged partner who stayed home, his retirement from police work fulfilled at age 9.

Cody has willingly shouldered the expense of caring for his German shepherd partner in retirement.

For dogs like Daro, who recently “retired” from the DeLand Police Department at the age of nine and was adopted by his former handler, the cost of care can be considerable. Under Florida’s current system, Daro’s guardian will be personally responsible for paying the dog’s vet bills. While some law enforcement agencies do provide funding for their canine retirees’ veterinary care, the majority do not. And that includes DeLand PD.

DeLand Police Chief Richard Umberger promoted Sgt. Richard Cody Richard Cody to the rank of Sergeant of the D-Squad 2nd Platoon on May 14, 2019.  He has been with the PD for nearly 11 years and was a member of the K-9 Unit with his partner, Daro for the past seven years until Daro's retirement due to his advancing age.

On April 27, The patrol SUV driven by Sgt. Richard Cody (with his K-9 partner, Dar), was struck in a collision when another vehicle apparently ran a red light at the intersection of International Speedway Boulevard and Amelia Avenue.

Thankfully, both Sgt. Cody and the other driver were expected to be OK after being treated for their injuries at AdventHealth DeLand. Sgt. Cody suffered minor injuries and Daro was uninjured. The Florida Highway Patrol iwas nvestigating the crash.

The k9 team had quite a few well-wishers in social media. 

So glad Sgt. Cody and Daro are safe and uninjured," said Sharon Baugh wrote on the DeLand PD Facebook page.

Victoria Carr was far more blunt: "So glad they are okay! People need to get their heads out of their asses when they are operating a deadly motor vehicle. It’s getting ridiculous."

Mary Cisco added, "Good to hear Sgt. Cody and Daro are okay."

Sgt. Cody and Daro are okay, indeed.

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