b. ? d. 2013 Spain.
DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 2009 Majorca, Spain.
Ten-year-old explosives search dog Ajax was awarded the PDSA Gold Medal at a special ceremony in Madrid in June 2013.
Ajax is credited with saving many lives after detecting a hidden ETA bomb on the island of Majorca in 2009. Just hours earlier, a terrorist explosion had claimed the lives of two Civil Guard personnel.
Suspecting further attacks, Sergeant Alabarces Muñoz and other Civil Guards were assigned to help in the search and were sent to the Civil Guard barracks in Palma Nova. Ajax soon found a concealed bomb that had been carefully attached to the underside of a vehicle near the barracks. The area was evacuated and a controlled explosion of the bomb was carried out successfully. The shrapnel scattered over an area of 100 metres.
Ajax’s handler, Sergeant Juan Carlos Alabarces Muñoz, said: “The bomb was planted specifically to kill or injure those rescuing the casualties from the first explosion. The targeted vehicle was parked on a public road, close to several hotels. If Ajax had not found the bomb in time, the outcome would have been tragic.”
Ajax passed away in August 2013, weeks after receiving his PDSA Gold Medal.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For his bravery in saving lives, his courage and devotion to duty in circumstances of extreme danger.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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