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'Lifeline' service dog for injured police officer honoured in national parade

Damian and Gibson (L) travelled to London for the Lord Mayor's parade. Credit: GMP

An assistance dog for a police officer who suffered a severe spinal injury while on duty has been honoured in a national parade.

PC Damian Malone, an officer with Greater Manchester Police, was left in chronic pain after the injury.

He turned to the service dog charity Hounds for Heroes for help in regaining a sense of independence and normality.

Damien with Gibson at the Lord Mayors Parade, representing Hounds for Heroes. Credit: GMP

The charity was set up to allow injured and disabled men and women from the Armed Forces or Emergency Services to benefit from the "lifeline that an assistance dog can offer."

Damian's current dog, Gibson, can pick up dropped items, open doors, and alert someone if Damian is in need of help.

What makes assistance dogs so special is their discipline, focus and desire to help - both physically and emotionally.

– PC Damian Malone
The parade helped honour the animals and work of Hounds for Heroes. Credit: GMP

Damien and Gibson travelled to London for the Lord Mayor’s Show to represent GMP and Hounds for Heroes.

The police officer also paid tribute to his first service dog, Trooper, who died in 2018, saying the animal "played a huge part in helping me to progressively become more mobile and active."

Damien and the Hounds for Heroes team. Credit: GMP