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Patron, a five-year-old bomb-sniffing dog, was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday. Patron is the first dog to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award recognizes Patron’s “exceptional service” in detecting explosive devices and saving lives.

On May 9, 2022, Patron and his owner, Mykhailo Iliev of the Civil Protection Service of Ukraine, were on duty at a soccer stadium in Kyiv when they detected an explosive device. Patron’s quick thinking and courageous actions saved the lives of countless spectators.

Iliev said that he is honored to receive the award on behalf of his furry partner. “I’m very proud of Patron,” he said. “This award is a testament to his bravery and dedication to duty.”

Training Patron

Patron was trained by the Civil Protection Service of Ukraine to detect explosive devices. He began his training when he was just a pup and has been working with Iliev for three years.

Iliev said that Patron is a “wonderful partner” who is always eager to work. “He loves his job and takes great pride in it,” Iliev said. “I’m very lucky to have him by my side.”

The Civil Protection Service of Ukraine praised Patron for his “heroic actions” and said that he is an “excellent example” of the work that bomb-sniffing dogs can do.

Patron’s award is a well-deserved recognition of his heroic actions and dedication to duty. He is a credit to his country and an inspiration to all bomb-sniffing dogs around the world.

The Future for Patron

Iliev said that Patron will continue to work as a bomb-sniffing dog for the Civil Protection Service of Ukraine. “I’m sure he’ll have many more opportunities to save lives,” Iliev said.

He added that Patron is a “very special dog” who has made a big difference in the world. “I’m proud to be his owner and I know that he’ll continue to make us all proud,” Iliev said.

People’s Reactions to Patron’s Award

The news of Patron’s award has been met with overwhelming support from people all over the world.

Many people have praised Patron for his bravery and dedication to duty. One Twitter user said, “This dog is a hero! So proud of him.”

Another person tweeted, “What an amazing dog! He truly is a hero.”

Many people have also praised Iliev for his work with Patron. One Twitter user said, “You are both heroes! Thank you for your service.”

Another person tweeted, “Thank you for your dedication to keeping us all safe. You are both amazing!”

Patron’s award is a well-deserved recognition of his heroic actions and dedication to duty. He is a credit to his country and an inspiration to all bomb-sniffing dogs around the world. This amazing dog has saved countless lives and will continue to do so for many years to come. Thank you, Patron, for everything that you have done and continue to do!

Scott Larson