Dogs serve humans in various ways — as a companion in hunting, an assistant in doing rescue missions, an aide for people with disabilities, among others. Also, dogs are trained to serve in the military by sniffing bombs, doing mini-surveillance, and also sensing if the enemies are nearby.
The people in the military have high respect for dogs. Dogs risk their lives by saving the lives of soldiers while on a mission. They were also treated like any other soldier and given recognition for their efforts during the war.
Lucca is a US Marine Corps dog who recently received a PSDA Dickin Medal four years after her last mission in Afghanistan. She is the first US Marine Corps military dog to receive such an award.
Lucca is a 12-year old German shepherd who served on two missions for six years. She has completed 400 missions and was able to save thousands of troops. Her main task is to find hidden bombs before it explodes.
However, on Lucca’s final mission in March 2012 at Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a live IED bomb exploded while Lucca is patrolling the area. Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, Lucca’s handler, heard the explosion and ran to Lucca immediately.
Lucca had a hard time getting up. Cpl. Rodriguez picked her up, put her to safety, and did basic first aid. He then called for a rescue to pick them up.
Cpl. Rodriguez never left Lucca’s side. During Lucca’s recovery, Cpl. Rodriguez sleeps beside her. He wants to make her feel that he is there to take care of her on her recovery. Lucca saved Cpl. Rodriguez, on several occasions.
Sadly, Lucca lost her front leg from that explosion. She has to retire from her military service after her recovery.
Presently, Lucca lives with Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham in California, USA. Sgt. Willingham feels honored to take care of Lucca on her retirement. He also shared that Lucca saved his life.
Watch this video to know more about Lucca’s heroic deed: