Heroic Dog Loses His Life After Saving 7 People From Earthquake Rubble

Service dogs are an indispensable part of any public service. So was Dayko, who was part of the Ibarra Fire Service in Equador. Dayko saved seven people, but couldn’t hold on any longer as his heart gave away.

Dayko saved seven people from the ruins of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Pedarnales in Equador last week.

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Dayko, a 4-year-old yellow rescue Labrador, had been with the Ibarra Fire Service for more than three and a half years. During the rescue operation after the earthquake, Dayko valiantly rescued seven people from the rubble. But while he was in the midst of searching for more, he suddenly collapsed.

 

Rescue officials present at the spot tried to revive Dayko, but he had already died because of a heart attack and breathing failure.

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Firefighters rushed him to paramedics and they tried to revive him in every way they could. But Dayko has already passed and no help succeeded. His official cause of death was stated as “massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure.”

 

Other firefighters who had worked with Dayko shared their stories and emotions about losing their dear friend from the K9 unit.

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Roughly translated from Spanish.
“This four legged friend gave his life in the line of duty. Thank you Dayko for your heroic efforts in Pedernales and in various emergencies where you were present. You held high the name of the K9 unit. Today, you’ve left a big void in the canine unit and in the lives of your guide Alex Yela and each one of those who knew you.”

 
May your soul rest in peace, brave dog!


News source: Inquirer
Cover images source: Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarra