Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, was killed by small arms fire while he and his dog Theo were on patrol in Helmand province on March 1st. Theo died of a seizure just hours later, leading to speculation that the devoted canine died of a broken heart.
Yesterday Liam’s family received a campaign medal on his behalf in a ceremony held at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham, Rutland. His mother accepted her son’s medal as the squadron was given a commendation from the Commander of Joint Force Support Afghanistan, Brigadier Alister Davis, for “distinguished service in the support of Operation Herrick” in Afghanistan.
CO Major Caroline Emmett praised Tasker for his service. “He was a fantastic character and our most successful dog handler to date,” she said.
The original video report from early March.