A brave family dog is the winner of a medal equivalent to the coveted George Cross after rescuing a boy who had been trapped in a tumble dryer.
Teddy, the Cockapoo rescued the 5-year-old boy after he fell in the hot dryer.
Five-year-old Riley Gedge-Duffy, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, would have died after he climbed in the dryer and closed the door, and without his knowledge, the machine started working.
On seeing this, the dog started running up and down the stairs and barking everywhere in a bid to attract the attention of the boy’s mother.
Mrs. Gedge-Duffy said: We moved swiftly to check on Riley and Freddie, our eldest son is the one who saw his iPad in the clothes dryer.
“Freddie called out everyone, and he moved quickly to unlock the door, pulling Riley out. We poured cold water on him.”
Riley’s father arrived at his Bangor home in County Down and took the boy through a cold shower to minimize the effects of burns on his body.
He was taken to the hospital where several examinations revealed he was fine apart from the burn injuries. He has now fully recovered.
The boy’s father thanked Teddy for saving the life of Riley. Mr. Gedge-Duffy said, “Teddys intelligence, alertness and love for the children is amazing. He is a special pup, but I was amazed by his actions on that day.”
Continue to page 2 to see how Teddy receives his award.