Metropolitan Dog Handler Stuart Judd with Monty,
HRH Princess Alexandra, and Allen Parton with Endal.
canine life-savers - Endal, Metpol Delta Monty and Bulla -
were the first animals to receive the new PDSA Gold Medal
for Animal Gallantry and Devotion to Duty in a special ceremony
in Surrey recently. Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra,
as patron of PDSA Britains leading veterinary
charity presented the inaugural medals to Canine Partner
Endal and police dog Metpol Delta Monty. Retired police officer
Mr Leigh George received a medal on behalf of his dog Bulla,
who was killed in the line of duty.
This special award ceremony at the Metropolitan Police (Imber Court) Sports Club in Surrey, marked the launch of the PDSA Gold Medal for Animal Gallantry and Devotion to Duty, which it is anticipated will, in time, be regarded as the animals George Cross. The awards were made in respect of the dogs individual and exceptional acts of courage and devotion to duty:-
Endal, the Canine Partner of Gulf War veteran Allen Parton:- When Allen was knocked out of his wheelchair in a hotel car park in May 2001 Endal, a yellow Labrador, did not panic.
Instead, the dog calmly moved Allen into the recovery position, covered him with a blanket from the wheelchair and pushed the mobile phone closer to Allens face. Only when Allen regained consciousness did Endal leave him to go for help. Endal has been instrumental in the naval officers rehabilitation following an accident during the Gulf War in 1991.
Metpol Delta Monty a Metropolitan police dog:- Following an armed siege in London Monty was instrumental in overpowering a man wielding a knife and threatening his handler PC Stuart Judd. Monty was stabbed several times by his attacker but continued to do his duty and protect his handler. The dog required emergency life-saving surgery after this event in February 2001 but later returned to active duty.
a Leicestershire police dog:- Bulla was killed in the line
of duty in May 1990 apprehending a man brandishing a butchers
knife and threatening civilian and police lives.
Sadly Bulla was stabbed through the neck and into the heart; he died shortly afterwards at the scene.
"Each dogs act of bravery deserves recognition of the highest order," said Roy Trustram Eve, PDSA Chairman who was present at the medal presentation. "The PDSA Gold Medal for Animal Bravery and Devotion to Duty is a new award and we are proud and pleased to be able to honour these dogs with the award we recognise as the animals George Cross."