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Posted July 14, 2017

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Luca is going to Hollywood to walk the red carpet.

The retired Fort Worth Police dog has been named one of seven finalists in the American Hero Dog Awards. Vote via their website through Aug. 30 to make sure Fort Worth is well-represented at the awards gala.

Luca’s rescue story

On April 15, 2016, Fort Worth Police were dispatched to locate a missing and endangered person. Two men had visited a large salvage yard when one suddenly realized that his elderly friend with Alzheimer’s was missing. After a brief search, he realized he needed help and called police.

Luca, a 10-year-old German shepherd, was called to assist due to his experience in water, avalanche, forest and desert searches. Luca quickly fell back into his training, and soon he alerted at an opening of brush at the Trinity River, which leads to a very steep hill followed by a steep drop-off.

A PD helicopter pilot observed the lost man in the river, stuck in waist-high mud on the opposite bank from where Luca had alerted. Officers shed their gear, swam across the river and rescued the man.

Had Luca not tracked the man’s trail and located him, the man likely would have drowned in the river’s cold and fast-paced waters.

Luca’s dedication to search and rescue shows the resilience of older dogs and how their training doesn’t go away once they retire.

The seventh annual American Hero Dog Awards will be held Sept. 16 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The presentation will air on the Hallmark Channel later this fall.

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