Dog Who Stopped White House Intruder SEAL Team 6 K9 Among Service Dogs Honored For Heroism

In a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 9, the military working dog that served in the SEAL Team 6 raid that shot Osama bin Laden and a Secret Service dog that shot a White House intruder in 2014 were honored alongside four other American working dogs who received medals recognizing their bravery and exemplary service in the line of duty.

Cairoa Belgian malinois who was shot twice during a SEAL Team 6 mission in 2009, recovered and returned to work to help take down the world’s most notorious terrorist, was one of three recognized military working dogs with the Animals at war and at peace Medal of Bravery.

hurricanea retired belgian malinois and secret service dog who suffered serious injuries while he was arrest a man who jumped the fence around the White House and raced to the president’s quarters in 2014, was one of three service dogs who received – for the very first time – animals at war and peace Distinguished Service Medal.

Accompanied by his owner and former handler, retired Secret Service agent Marshall Mirarchi, Hurricane stood perfectly still as the medal was placed around his black furry neck. Mirarchi said Coffee or Die Magazine that Hurricane had all four incisors replaced with titanium and is still suffering from hip issues related to his struggle with the White House intruder, who slammed and kicked Hurricane as the dog fought for control the man.

Hurricane and his handler, Marshall Mirarchi, second from right, with three Secret Service agents outside the Capitol, March 9, 2022. Photo by Mac Caltrider/Coffee or Die Magazine.

“These faithful companions provide us with a profound witness of what loyalty and compassion should look like,” said Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives, during the invocation of the ceremony. . “They serve as an example, not just of duty but of dedication, not just of obligation but of gallantry, not just of service but of selflessness.”

Animals at war and at peace East a non-profit organization focused on honoring service animals and their handlers, and the organization’s Medal of Bravery is awarded for “gallantry and acts of gallantry…performed in the presence of a great danger or great risk”. The non-profit association Distinguished Service Medal is awarded forextraordinary heroism not warranting the Medal of Bravery” but “significantly above what is normally expected” in the performance of his duties.

Hurricane, a Belgian Malinois and retired Secret Service dog who suffered serious injuries while arresting a man who jumped the fence around the White House and ran towards the president’s quarters in 2014, was one of the three service dogs who received – for the very first time – the Distinguished Service Medal for Animals in War and Peace. Photo by Erik Larson.

Nemo, an Air Force German Shepherd, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Bravery for helping his unit out of an enemy ambush in Vietnam in 1966. When four enemy soldiers set up an ambush , Nemo’s handler, aviator Robert Throneburg, was immediately shot twice in the face and collapsed. Although he himself was shot twice in the face, the German Shepherd repeatedly charged at the enemy, helping to repel the attack and force the enemy to flee. When help arrived, Nemo was found lying on top of his master, protecting him. Nemo and Throneburg survived.

A German Shepherd named Ziggy also received the Medal of Bravery for his service with the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Ziggy completed five combat deployments with MARSOC, serving in more than 50 helicopter-borne direct action raids and locating more than 330 improvised explosive devices before they could harm the Americans.

Smoky, a Yorkshire terrier who served with the 5th Air Force during World War II, was posthumously awarded the Animals in War and Peace Distinguished Service Medal. The nonprofit recognized Smoky for his multiple contributions to Allied efforts, including threading 70 feet of communications wire through a tunnel that proved essential to the liberation of the Philippines.

The third recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Feco, is an active working dog with the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security team. Credited with more than 2,335 patrol hours, Feco continues to serve in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I think it’s so important to start recognizing these canine heroes,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Kane. coffee or die after the ceremony. “Brits have been doing this for over 70 years, so it’s time to recognize their contributions and the bond between these dogs and their owners.”

Animals in War and Peace created its Medal of Bravery as the American equivalent of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. Dickin Medalwhich is “the highest award an animal can receive while serving in military conflict,” according to the PDSA website.

“Instituted in 1943 by the founder of the PDSA, Maria Dickin CBE, it recognizes exceptional acts of bravery or devotion to duty displayed by animals serving in the armed forces or civil defense units in any theater of war around the world,” the PDSA website says.

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