The most decorated fire service dog in the country has died. But pioneering Echo, who carried out more than 70 missions with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service over 10 years, has left a life-saving legacy behind him. The specialist search and rescue dog was 16. Echo and his owner Mike Dewar, from Kearsley, Bolton , were part of a UK response team sent to the Caribbean island of Haiti in 2010 in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The lovable Labrador carried out 46 building searches over a fortnight – and collapsed through heat exhaustion at one point. One of Echo’s last major incidents before he retired in 2013 was the gas explosion in Shaw, Oldham , which claimed the life of a toddler and destroyed five terraced houses. Dog unit manager Mike, 50, spoke of his loss and pride over Echo’s career. “I am just proud of the legacy that he has left,” said Mike, who first teamed up with Echo in 2004, when he was a puppy. “He was one of the original fire service dogs in the UK and led the way really. “He taught me as much as… Read full this story
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