On Friday, January 3, 2014 officers responded to the 900 block of Franklin Street just after 9 p.m. in reference to a security check. Officers were told that two people were seen walking through a back yard and flashing lights were seen moving through a house. It was known that the owner of the house was not home because earlier in the week he was arrested by the Winchester Police Department. An officer found a door to the house that was open and requested that a K-9 officer respond to the scene. Corporal B. N. Kotynski-Neer responded with K-9 Officer Kota. The suspects were hiding in an attic crawl space and as Kota was assisting in apprehending one of them, he fell through the floor to the first floor of the residence. Kota sustained a broken leg from the fall. Even after his injury, Kota showed his dedication to his work and his fellow officers by attempting to continue to assist them. He was taken to a veterinary clinic where he underwent surgery. “We are thankful to Kota and for his heroic service in protecting our officers and the community. He and the officers with him faced a challenge and risk similar to those officers face every day and performed in a manner that makes us proud. The members of the WPD will do whatever it takes to make sure that the team of Kota and Cpl. Kotynski-Neer get to return to duty together as quickly as possible,” says Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher.