American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards - 2018 Finalists
Sgt. Fieldy — Military
Charity Partner: SD Gunner Fund
Sponsor: K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis
Location: McAllen, Texas
Sgt. Fieldy is an 11yr old black lab with a heart and energy of a 3yr old that served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired in August 2014. I his handler CPL Nicolas, met him in South Carolina and was part of a group of specialized units formed to combat the number one threat in Afghanistan, IEDs. We were deployed to Afghan in Feb. 2011. We both experienced first-hand the effects of the IED when a vehicle struck a pressure plate during a patrol and injured the occupants in the MATV. Knowing that we were both targets for insurgent observers, we worked tirelessly to detect explosives. He alerted me and found yet another IED, a 60lb plastic barrel containing homemade explosives. During our deployment, he found several more IEDs and their components which helped save countless of lives during our tour. After deployment, he was taken back for refitting and training and I returned home. I later found out that Fieldy deployed two more times to Afghanistan and continued to find more IEDs and save many more lives. After serving 4 tours, on Aug. 7, 2014, with the help of American Humane Association, I was finally able to adopt him. Since then he has very much enjoyed his retirement. In Nov. 2014 he participated in the Veterans Day Parade in NYC. He has made a life changing impact to my life. He is my hero!