Funeral held for army dog handler killed in action just hours before his spaniel died ‘from a broken heart’
Via MailOnline, an army dog handler killed in Afghanistan just hours before his springer spaniel died ‘from a broken heart’ has been described as a hero by his brother at his funeral. Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was shot dead while on patrol with his dog, Theo, on March 1. The sniffer dog, described as a ‘true friend’ to the solder, died hours later and his ashes were flown back in the same aircraft as his master.
Official reports said that Theo died of a seizure but his family believed that he died of a broken heart. His family is now deciding what to do with the ashes of the bomb detector dog.
In the presence of the coffin draped in the Union Flag and topped with the soldier’s cap, belt and medals, the congregation heard a moving tribute from the dog handler’s brother Ian. He spoke of the soldier’s love for his parents and how he was someone who put the needs of others before his own. He told mourners: “Liam said at the end of one of his letters, “Every day is a gift, not a given right“. I’d like to use this day to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death.”
Lance Corporal Tasker could train and hone and use the military working dog asset very effectively indeed because for him, Theo, his dog, wasn’t just a military asset. Theo was a true friend.
Thank you Lance Corporal Tasker for your service and ultimate sacrifice. May he and Theo rest in peace.
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