A beautiful yellow Labrador, Sasha, who was killed with her handler in Afghanistan while on patrol, has been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for bravery!
The sniffer Lab found more explosives than any other military dog.
The courageous Lab and the young soldier faced the horrors of war together. Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe, 24, and Sasha, died together in a Taliban ambush in July 2008. They were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
They were honored last week when the fearless Labrador was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
Sasha became the 65th animal to be awarded the honorary medal.
ISasha received the PDSA Dickin Medal for uncovering 15 bombs and hoards of weapons. Her citation read: “Sasha’s actions were conducted in perilous conditions over a sustained period.
“Without doubt she saved many soldiers and civilians from death or injury.”
The medal was accepted by her former handler Sergeant Major Andy Dodds and retired military working dog, Fire, who was also seriously injured in Afghanistan but recovered.
It is the highest award any animal can receive while serving in military conflict and was awarded to Fire, on behalf of Sasha, by Welsh actress and Gavin and Stacey star, Joanna Page.
L Cpl Rowe’s father Ken, mother Lyn, sisters Jenni and Steph, and former Army comrades attended the touching event.
“They had an incredible bond,” said Lyn. “Kenneth was a big animal lover from a young age and thought the world of the dogs he served alongside.
“He specifically asked for Sasha when he was deployed to Afghanistan following his injury and between them they saved countless lives.
“Sasha wasn’t just a working dog, she was Kenneth’s friend. They played football and enjoyed play time together. It wasn’t all about work. The dogs provide much-needed companionship for the soldiers when they’re serving overseas.”
Rowe, 24, was due home from Helmand Province in 2008, but stayed on to protect his comrades because he was concerned about the lack of cover.
Source: Sunday Express