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Bomb Hero Dog Theo Given Posthumous Award

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Bomb Hero Dog Theo Given Posthumous Award

Post by worriedmum on 25.10.12 17:39

From Sky news-two heroes-
An Army explosives sniffer dog who died hours after his handler was killed in Afghanistan has been given a posthumous award.
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, was shot by insurgents on March 1 last
year while on patrol in Helmand Province with his dog Theo, who died of a
seizure shortly afterwards.

The pair, who were said to have been inseparable, found a record 14 Taliban roadside bombs and weapons caches in five months.

Their role was to provide search and clearance support, uncovering
hidden weapons, improvised explosive devices and bomb-making equipment.

Springer spaniel Theo was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal , known as the animals' Victoria Cross, at Wellington Barracks, London.

The award is said to be the highest accolade any animal can receive in
recognition of devotion to duty in saving human life while serving in
military conflict. It was established by the veterinary charity's
founder, Maria Dickin, in 1943.

L/Cpl Tasker, from Tayport in Fife, was posthumously honoured with an MBE in September last year. He served in The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.

His mother, Jane Duffy, described Theo as her son's "best mate" and said they were together "24/7" in Afghanistan.

She went on: "Liam got his mention in dispatches, so it's lovely that
Theo is getting his PDSA Dickin Medal and he's being recognised for his
bravery as well.

"They'll be watching us and they'll be so proud. I just wish they were
here to get it themselves. Theo and Liam saved so many lives out there."

Theo made the most confirmed operational finds by any arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan to date.
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Post by winjoy on 26.10.12 12:08

It's an uplifting yet heartbreaking story worriedmum. And yet another example of just how special are Springer Spaniels and their noses!

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Post by sami on 26.10.12 18:36

I have long wondered if Gerry McCann would happily walk up the steps of an airplane about to take off, minutes after one of these dogs made an alert to indicate explosives on board the plane. His belief that they are unreliable would suggest he should indeed ignore the alerts and sit on the plane.

Exactly how many lifes Theo saved through the course of his work we will never know. What wonderful animals.

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Post by Guest on 26.10.12 21:38

@sami wrote:I have long wondered if Gerry McCann would happily walk up the steps of an airplane about to take off, minutes after one of these dogs made an alert to indicate explosives on board the plane. His belief that they are unreliable would suggest he should indeed ignore the alerts and sit on the plane.

Exactly how many lifes Theo saved through the course of his work we will never know. What wonderful animals.
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Statistically the chance of having a bomb aboard is next to nil. Statistically the chance that the are two bombs aboard IS nil. So always bring your own bomb aboard. Gerry, are you listening?

Spaß beiseite. I have the greatest admiration for these dogs and have also had the pleasure to witness them at work sometimes. But that's another story ...
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Post by Angelique on 26.10.12 23:39

This is a moving and so well deserved award. I watched the film of Theo working with LC Liam Tasker. Theo's success rate proves how special these Springers are. I had the opportunity and privilege to work with two Springers - but only on a farm. They are so clever it's amazing to watch them work.

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