Dogs didn’t get the moniker “Man’s Best Friend” for sitting around doing nothing. They are intelligent, empathetic, and loyal, which is why they are used for all sorts of jobs. The police use them to find drugs and to help subdue criminals.
Because of the nature of their jobs, police officers are an obvious target for gang violence. Deputy Todd Frazier from Long Beach Mississippi was no exception.
Frasier fell for a gang’s trap when he was out on patrol. He saw an unconscious man behind the wheel of a car in a ditch. When he pulled up to the vehicle and got out to check on the man, he was ambushed from behind.
He was dragged into the woods by three men. As he was struggling to get away, he heard one of the men say he was going to “slit his throat.” Knowing his life was in danger, he managed to get his keychain and unlock the canine compartment in his car.
“They told him they were going to slit his throat, and they were dragging him toward the woods,” Chief Deputy Don Bass said.
That’s when Lucas, his K-9 partner, saved his life.
As soon as Lucas was out of the car, he knew Todd was in trouble. He sped over to him as fast as he could.
“He knew. I could hear him coming. I couldn’t see anything because the blood was all in my eyes, but I could hear him coming, growling and making these sounds… he sounded like a wolf,” Frazier said. “I thought, ‘Now he’s gonna get you.'”
Lucas viciously attacked the gang members, as he was trained to do.
“We don’t know how many he got; we just know he had blood all over him,” Sheriff Ricky Adam said of the heroic dog’s actions.
“I had three people on me and I’m not a very big man, and they basically whipped my butt,” Frazier said recalling the incident. “And luckily, thank God, I had Lucas here, and I had a button on my belt that I wear, and when I hit the button Lucas jumped out of the car and attacked all three of them and they ran away. That’s why he’s my hero.”
Chief Deputy Bass said the event was a “very near miss” and there was no doubt the gang intended to kill Frazier.
Both Frazier and Lucas were injured in the attack. Lucas tore a ligament and lost several teeth. He has since made a full recovery.
Frazier got a deep cut on his forehead and other minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital, but soon released.
From the Chief Deputy’s statement:
“We’ve been stressing this for months and months now. It’s no different from last week. We get a BOLO (be-on-the-lookout) from the state alerting us that the Black Gangster Disciples have put out an SOS, or Shoot on Sight, for police officers.
“It hits us hard, it brings you to your knees. We’re not a large agency, and all these guys have families. The main thing for anybody is to go home safe. We want you to go home at night. But it could happen to any one of them. The threat is here and the possibility is real.”
Lucas received the “Hero of the Year” award for his actions.
Source: The Daily Mail