Kye the K9 transitions to civilian life in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 November 2020 at 8:08 pm

Photo courtesy of Owen Toale: Medina Police Chief Kenward (left), Tyler Draper and Lt. Todd Draper are pictured with Kye at the Village Board meeting on Monday. Kye has retired as Medina’s K9 and will be staying with Draper’s family.

MEDINA – Kye, Medina Police Department’s K9 for 8 ½ years, has officially transitioned to civilian life.

Kye, a Belgian Malinois, had his last day on the job on Nov. 13. He worked with Lt. Todd Draper since 2012.

Phoenix, the Medina PD’s new K9, has taken over for Kye. Phoenix works with handler and Medina police officer Jacob Reeves.

The Medina Village Board declared Kye “surplus” on Monday and agreed to sell him for $1 to Lt. Draper. Kye will continue to live with the Draper family.

Draper was joined at Monday’s meeting by his 8-year-old son, Tyler, who has spent his entire life with Kye in the Draper household.

Tyler actually paid the $1 for Kye and did a small demonstration for the Village Board on Monday, showing the trustees and Mayor Mike Sidari some of the commands he has learned while Kye has been a member of the family.