|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1942|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1949|
Dickin Medal Recipient. An Alsatian, he was born in Liverpool in the Iada Kennels, he was given the pedigree name Jet of Iada. He was loaned to the War Dogs School in Gloucester at nine months, where he was trained in anti-sabotage work and was initially posted to Northern Ireland. Following eighteen months on duty, he returned to the school for further training in search and rescue, after which he was posted to London where he and his handler were the first pair to be used in an official capacity in Civil Defense rescue duties. Between September 7, 1940 and May 10, 1941 they were called every night during the height of the London Blitz. In all, Jet is known to have located 125 individuals beneath the blitzed buildings, half of whom were pulled out alive. He was particularly noted for a rescue from an hotel which had taken a direct hit. Rescue workers thought they'd got everybody out, but Jet indicated another living person inside. Jet held his position for the eleven and one half hours it took to extract a woman, alive, from the upper floors of the ruined building. He was awarded a Dickin Medal, known popularly as the Animals VC, for Gallantry in January 1945 "For being responsible for the rescue of persons trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the Civil Defence Services of London." After demobilization in 1945, Jet continued rescue work, responding to a mine pit disaster at Whitehaven in 1946 where he saved many miners. Apparently gases trapped in the mine affected his health, and he was never quite well again. He was awarded the RSPCA Medallion For Valor for: "Saving a rescue party from a fall of rock whilst searching for survivors at the William Pit coal mine disaster, Whitehaven, Cumbria." He died at the age of 7 and was granted a burial site in Calderstones Park by the Liverpool City Council at the request of his owner, who wanted the contribution made to the war effort by individuals and dogs remembered.
JET OF IADA. Dickin Medal & Medallion for Valour. First Rescue Dog Air Raids 2nd World War
Specifically: Calderstones Park, Liverpool
Created by: Iola
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
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