DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 07/07/2005 London.
British Transport Police dog Vinnie was deployed at Russell Square Tube site where he searched the tunnel to King's Cross. His handler Pc Dave Coleman said: "Despite horrific conditions, Vinnie never wavered. I was so proud of him."
Along with two other dogs, Jake and Billy, 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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