Perhaps you have already heard about Diesel, the police dog who sadly lost her life in the line of duty after the Paris bombings jin November 2015. If not, this is one of those “tug at the heartstrings” hero dog stories.
She has been in the news often, caused a trending sensation on Twitter with #JeSuisChien, getting a lot of airtime on a BBC Radio 2 talk show, as well as huge coverage in newspapers and online. Deservedly so!
If you haven’t yet heard of her, she was a 7 year old Belgian Shepherd. During the French police raids to track down the perpetrators of the Paris attacks, she was sent in first to sniff out any booby traps, before her human colleagues entered a particular building. A woman who was inside proceeded to rush out firing an AK47 and then detonated her suicide vest. Diesel didn’t have a chance and was killed in the explosion.
I don’t know how you all feel about this – these dogs are trained to do a particular job and they do it very well. They are viewed as colleagues by serving officers and they develop very close bonds with their handlers. So it must be like losing a family member or very close friend when they pass away. How do I know this? My husband is a serving police officer and we know many dog handlers within the force.
So Diesel, I salute you – as I’m sure many others all over the world do. Thank you for your bravery and courage. And may you continue to be a universal symbol of the amazing work of police dogs.