Heroic Coventry dog up for Brave Britons award - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Heroic Coventry dog up for Brave Britons award

Ryan Smith 19th Jul, 2022

A DOG that saved its Holbrooks owner’s lives in a house fire has reached the last ten in the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons in the Hero Pet category.

Shadow, a two-year-old white german shepherd, woke up website designer Craig Jones and occupational therapist Marie Jordan to alert them their living room was filling with black smoke.

A fire had broken out in the kitchen due to an electrical fault and had spread to the living room, but Craig and Marie were unaware of the flames as the smoke alarm had been taken down just days before so they could decorate.

The couple and Shadow were left looking for accommodation after smoke and fire damage had ruined most of their possessions.

Shadow reached the final ten out of around 50 nominations chosen by the public across the UK, and four finalists from each category will now be selected before a winner is announced on October 11.

The judging panel for the awards will be chaired by Falklands War hero Simon Weston and they will be presented by BBC TV and radio presenter Rachel Burden.

The awards celebrate the achievements of people and animals of all ages from across the UK.

They were formed to honour Amplifon founder Charles Holland’s valiant actions during World War Two, and there are seven categories overall including ‘Young Hero’, ‘Charity Champion’ and ‘Single Act of Courage.’

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