DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 07/07/2005 London.
City of London Police dog Billy following the terrorist attacks in London on 7th July 2005, began the search of the tunnel in Aldgate, London in poor visibility and oppressive heat and attended 21 locations throughout the day in response to security alerts.
His handler Pc Rob Brydon-Brown said: "Billy is a good lad... every working day I put my trust in Billy and he has never let me down."
Along with two other dogs, Jake and Vinnie, they checked access was safe for emergency services, who were preparing to assist those left trapped or injured. Praising their contribution Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, said: "I would like to pay tribute to all those who were involved in the rescue effort that day who behaved calmly and courageously, including the handlers and their dogs."
Freddie Bircher, chairman of PDSA, said: "They worked fearlessly and in perfect unison searching for possible secondary devices." They received their medals from Princess Alexandra, a patron of the PDSA at a special ceremony at St James Palace.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For gallantry in the service of humanity, immediately following the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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