You may recall Diesel, the police dog who valiantly lost her life in the raid that culminated in the apprehension of seven suspected terrorists in the tragic Paris attacks and the death of two more, a story that touched so many people that even Russia sent a puppy to replace her. A 7-year-old Belgian shepherd, Diesel was shot several times by a female suicide bomber (and bride of alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud) after entering the apartment to see if it was safe.
The world has still not forgotten about Diesel’s sacrifice however, and the brave dog is now to be posthumously awarded for her heroics by the British veterinary charity, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. Next year Diesel will officially be honored with the Dickin Medal, which is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s “highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy.”
“Diesel is a truly deserving recipient. [Her] gallant actions helped to protect human life in the face of imminent danger,” PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin said in a statement.
If any canine ever deserved such an award, it would have to be Diesel. RIP good girl, hope she’s getting plenty of belly rubs and treats in doggy heaven.