Her name was Sasha. Her feat: to have saved hundreds of soldiers and civilians’ lives in Afghanistan. Her most remarkable and inspiring quality: a wagging tail no matter how hard the situation.
A fallen hero is getting the highest recognition of its kind later this month as Sasha, an English Labrador is receiving the Dickin medal for her efforts during the war in Afghanistan. Sasha died next to her handler, Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe, in a Taliban ambush in 2008, but her bravery and contribution to saving lives is being recognized posthumously in a ceremony on April 30th in London.
“This prestigious award recognizes how her devotion and skills undoubtedly saved the lives of many troops in Afghanistan,” said Colonel Neil Smith, director of Army Veterinary and Remount Services. “The award will give us the opportunity to once more celebrate L/Cpl Rowe and Sasha’s immeasurable contributions to military operations.”
Sasha is the 65th animal to receive the Dickin medal and the 29th dog to have the honor bestowed upon her. Her key role was to sniff out homemade bombs and weapon caches and one of her mission successes was to detect two mortars and a large amount of mines, explosives and weapons.
Rowe and Sasha were considered the best handler and dog team in the area. The award ceremony will be attend by Rowe’s family.
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