Meet Hurricane, an elite member of the Special Operations Canine Unit with the United States Secret Service, Emergency Response Team. Hurricane is a magnificent black Belgian Malinois breed of dog.
He is receiving Great Britain’s most prestigious animal Award of Merit. The award organization is the charity named PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals).
Hurricane to the Rescue
Back in 2014, Hurricane intercepted a ‘fence jumper’ on the North lawn of the White House, home to the President of the United States and his family. Hurricane sprung into action against this threatening stranger.
He sprinted past the guard who had the intruder at gunpoint, leaped on the trespasser, took him down, and pushed him back to the perimeter fence. During this fight, Hurricane was kicked, punched and cut.
Hurricane the Hero
Hurricane, now retired from service, and his handler, flew to London on October 4, 2019, to accept the blue-ribboned medal for his heroic actions five years ago.
This honor is equivalent to the OBE (Order of the British Empire) awarded by the Queen to humans.
So, shall we now address him as ‘Sir Hurricane’?
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