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Heroic Indian rescue dog honoured in Turkey for saving 6-yo girl during earthquake

Operation Dost

Julie, a six-year-old Labrador retriever serving with the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), has been honoured for her heroic role in saving Turkish people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the country.

The commendation certificate was awarded to Julie for her exceptional efforts in locating and rescuing a six-year-old girl who was trapped under the debris caused by the powerful earthquake. Her remarkable display of bravery and unwavering dedication has been lauded since the incident. The honour highlights the invaluable contribution of rescue animals in disaster response and showcases the vital partnership between humans and animals in times of crisis.

"#Rescuer #Julie, NDRF's life saver rescue canine; awarded with Director General's Commendation Roll for excellent Search & Rescue work during #OpDost in Türkiye. #SavingLivesAndBeyond," tweeted NDRF.

Julie, a member of the NDRF's "Operation Dost" mission deployed to aid the earthquake-stricken regions of Turkey and Syria, demonstrated exceptional search and rescue skills. Amid the chaos and destruction, her keen senses were used to detect signs of life beneath the collapsed remains of a multi-story building. After relentless search efforts, she led the team to six-year-old Beren, who had been trapped for 70 hours. The successful rescue operation is a testament to the Indian dog's training, expertise, and innate ability to locate survivors in dire circumstances.

The commendation certificate, the 'director general's commendation role,' serves as a well-deserved recognition of Julie's exceptional contribution during the operation.

Julie currently serves with the 2nd battalion of the NDRF, stationed in Kolkata. Her remarkable achievements and the recognition she has received shed light on the indispensable role that rescue dogs play in disaster response. Their heightened senses, agility, and unwavering commitment make them invaluable assets in locating and saving lives amidst the most challenging circumstances. Julie's story serves as an inspiration, highlighting the remarkable capabilities of rescue animals and emphasising the need to further support and recognize their vital contributions in disaster-stricken areas worldwide.

By identifying the presence of a live victim buried beneath the rubble, Julie provided crucial information to her human counterparts. She was working with Romeo, a male labrador retriever, who confirmed the presence of life using his barks. The team showed a strong bond and effective teamwork between human rescuers and their canine companions.

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