By  //  June 26, 2013

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'Koda' means friend in Sioux

ABOVE VIDEO:  Sheriff Wayne Ivey introduces “Koda,” the name chosen for the 9-week old Bloodhound pup, and newest member of the Brevard County Sheriff Department K-9 Unit. 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – After considering over 5,000 suggested names, “Koda” was selected for the Brevard County Sheriff Department’s new 9-week old male Bloodhound.

Grace Stiffler and "Koda" (BCSO image)
Grace Stiffler and “Koda” (BCSO image)

In a much anticipated moment, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced the name during a special promotional ceremony this afternoon, along with Grace Stiffler, who was introduced as the winning nomination and officially named the newest member of the agency.

“Koda” was very unique and unanimously liked by the entire selection committee,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“The name was submitted by the Stiffler family on behalf of their 7-year-old daughter Grace, who is an avid reader and animal lover. One of her favorite books is about a horse named Koda. While reading this book, she learned that the name “Koda,” means “friend” in the Native American Dakota Sioux language.”


Grace’s father has recently graduated from the Brevard Community College’s Institute of Public Safety and plans to volunteer hours in the Reserve Deputy Program. Grace had suggested that if her father ever becomes a K-9 Deputy, that he name his dog “Koda.”

“The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and our K-9 Unit would like to personally thank the thousands of people who participated in the ‘Name Our Puppy’ contest,” said Sheriff Ivey.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“While we officially stopped accepting entries for the contest last Friday evening, we are truly amazed by the overwhelming volume of support in helping us name the newest member of our Agency. We received over 5,000 name suggestions that were each unique in their own way.

“Brevard County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the incredible support and encouragement we received from our community. To watch the enthusiasm of Grace as she officially named and placed the Sheriff’s star and collar on our K-9 was one of those moments in life we will always remember.”