b. ? d. 13/07/2010 Christchurch, New Zealand.
DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 13/07/2010 Christchurch, New Zealand.
On 13 July 2010, police dog Gage and his handler Senior Constable Bruce Lamb were called to an address in a Christchurch suburb, New Zealand, as backup for what was initially thought to be a routine drugs search.
As Gage and Senior Constable Lamb entered a bedroom at the address, they were confronted by the suspect, who was armed with a rifle. They were shot at and the bullet hit Senior Constable Lamb in the face. The force of the shot broke his jaw in 15 places and forced him to the ground.
The offender tried to shoot him a second time but, as he took aim, Gage leapt over his handler and instead received the shot. This bullet would undoubtedly have killed Senior Constable Lamb had Gage not jumped in the way.
Senior Constable Lamb and Gage escaped from the house but, tragically, Gage died of his injuries before they were able to seek any veterinary assistance. A second police officer, Constable Mitch Alatalo, was also shot and injured.
Other officers at the scene believe that Gage’s actions gave them the vital seconds needed to escape or ready themselves against the offender.
Gage was a strong-willed and courageous dog that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his handler and his colleagues.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For displaying outstanding gallantry and paying the ultimate sacrifice in the line of police duty.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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