DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 2015 Falkirk, Scotland.
Police Dog Ozzy received the PDSA Gold Medal for his bravery and life-saving actions disarming an armed assailant threatening to blow up a block of flats.
Before his retirement, nine-year-old PD Ozzy worked for Police Scotland. In 2015, Ozzy and his handler, Police Constable Brian Tennant, were called to an incident at a flat in Falkirk, where a man had assaulted two people at knifepoint. On arrival, they discovered the man had severed a gas pipe and was threatening to blow up the building.
The occupants of the flats were evacuated, leaving PC Tennant and PD Ozzy able to enter the building. The armed assailant charged at them, shouting threats, while attempting to ignite the gas with a lighter.
After warning the assailant, PC Tennant released Ozzy, who tackled the man to the ground, where he was disarmed and arrested.
PD Ozzy’s intervention prevented the man from harming himself, potentially others and causing extensive damage to the building.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For displaying outstanding gallantry in the line of police duty and in the face of violent opposition.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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