For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love. Now, once again, thanks to a national effort capturing the hearts and minds of millions of dog-loving Americans, it’s time to recognize the remarkable ways our best friends improve – and even save – our lives.
On October 28 at 8 pm ET/7C, Hallmark Channel will premiere the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Awards™, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. You’ll see the amazing, funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories of eight courageous canines whose heroic exploits will touch your heart in an emotional two-hour special leading up to the moment when we reveal the name of the top American Hero Dog for 2016. Be sure to tune in and root for your favorite in this star-studded awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton and featuring special performances by Katharine McPhee.
Today, please meet the first of America’s eight most heroic hounds for 2016, Law Enforcement Hero Dog “Edo”:
On January 1, 2016, LAPD units went into pursuit of two suspects wanted for robbery and murder. Suspect 2 exited, carjacked and shot two occupants of another vehicle. Suspect 2 crashed and ran into a house occupied by a father and three sons. Suspect 2 stabbed the father in his face but he was able to escape. Gunshots rang inside. It was believed Suspect 2 shot the children. An immediate entry/rescue team was established. K9 units arrived on scene. A plan was formulated to rescue the children. K-9 Officer Huynh and K-9 Edo were deployed to make entry into the house and possibly engage Suspect 2. As the team approached they were shot at through the door and they began to take more gunfire. The door was breached as Huynh targeted K9-Edo who entered the house. Another gunshot was heard and K-9 personnel entered. Both boys were shot inside. Edo saw the two young victims but turned to engage Suspect 2 instead. Suspect 2 then shot himself in the head. Edo pulled Suspect 2 away from the gun. It was discovered that Suspect 2 began shooting the children when his pistol jammed. When he cleared his malfunction, the officers arrived at the door and Suspect 2 started shooting at the K9 Officers instead. Undoubtedly, K9-Edo’s actions saved the entire K-9 team. Both boys survived.
Now THAT’S a hero dog!