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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 27, July 8, 2007, Article 19

LONDON POLICE DOG AWARDED MEDAL FOR BRAVERY

London newspapers reported on Tuesday that "Heroic hound Jake the
cocker spaniel is to be honoured today for his bravery after the 7/7
London bombings.

"Handler PC Bob Crawford and two-year-old Met police dog Jake (full
name Hubble Keck) formed part of the emergency services response
after the attacks.

"They were sent to Tavistock Square and later Kings Cross.

"At Tavistock Square, injured people were in need of urgent medical
attention but the bus was believed to contain a further suspect
device.

"Jake and PC Crawford searched a safe route to the device ensuring
that it was safe for paramedics to reach the passengers.

"They then searched an area close to the bus so a make-shift field
hospital could be set up.

"Afterwards they set about searching a mile long route underground
from Russell Square tube station to Kings Cross to ensure people
could be rescued safely.

"Today, Jake will be given the animal equivalent of the George Cross
by HRH Princess Alexandra at St James's Palace."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

[We've discussed previously in The E-Sylum about medals awarded in
Britain to animals.   A related article published last year  notes
that Bamse, the canine mascot of the Norwegian Forces during WWII
received a postumous PDSA Gold Medal (the 'animals' 'George Cross')
for saving the lives of two crew members of his ship.

The PDSA Gold medal (called the equivalent of the George Cross) seems
to be different than the Dickin medal (called the equivalent of the
Victoria Cross).  Can anyone confirm this? -Editor]

To read about Bamse, the life-saving Norwegian dog, see
Full Story

 DICKIN MEDAL: THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR ANIMALS
 esylum_v07n48a15.html

 SPY PIGEON'S MEDAL FETCHES 39,200
 esylum_v07n49a05.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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