Among the guests at a recent open day hosted by Devon Air Ambulance at their Eaglescott Airbase was Jasper, the beloved black labrador owned by Laura and Malcolm Thomas of Bridford, in the Teign Valley. Jasper was a guest of honour and was recently the recipient of an award by animal charity, PDSA.
PDSA’s Animal Bravery Awards programme recognises the contributions made by animals in society and the PDSA Commendation for Animal Bravery and Devotion was awarded to Jasper in recognition of his potentially lifesaving actions when his owner, Malcolm Thomas, collapsed unconscious outside the family home, hitting his head when he fell. Jasper’s incessant barking attracted the attention of a neighbour, who was able to tend to Malcolm and call for the urgent medical care needed.
Devon’s Air Ambulance was despatched and paramedics Paul Robinson and Nigel Lang soon arrived at the scene. Nigel Lang explained, “On our arrival Jasper was clearly worried about Mr Thomas and I realised he may see us as a new threat, but he’s cleverer than that and stood by whilst we attended to his master. Well done Jasper, a worthy winner of such an award.”
Jasper was accompanied by proud owners, Laura and Malcolm. Malcolm had suffered a head injury when he collapsed but, after treatment in Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital he has made a full recovery.
Photo: (L-R) Malcolm, Nigel Hare (Devon Air Ambulance Trust), Jasper and Laura