FILE- U.S. Police officer Peter Davis of the NYPD K-9 unit stands with his 4-year-old German shepherd named Apollo wearing a bulletproof vest at the unit's training center in this file photo dated ... more 
FILE- U.S. Police officer Peter Davis of the NYPD K-9 unit stands with his 4-year-old German shepherd named Apollo wearing a bulletproof vest at the unit's training center in this file photo dated Friday Feb. 7, 1997. Apollo was awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry in 2002 on behalf of all search and rescue dogs "for tireless courage in the service of humanity during operations following the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. The latest animal to receive the Dickin Medal is announced Thursday Oct. 25, 2012, a bomb-sniffing army springer-spaniel dog named Theo, who died in Afghanistan on the day his handler was killed has been posthumously honored with the Dikin Medal, Britain's highest award for animal bravery, during a ceremony in London Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. Theo worked for five months in Afghanistan with Royal Army Veterinary Corps Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching out roadside bombs, but Tasker was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province in March 2011, and Theo the dog died hours later. (AP Photo/Doug Kanter, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Doug Kanter, File
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