There were many different celebrations honoring the memories of the victimes of the November 13, 2015, Paris Attacks last weekend. This Friday, November 18, marks the anniversary of the death of Diesel, the RAID police dog killed in the attack at Saint-Denis.The death of theMalinois dog at the age of 7, just before he was supposed toretire,was heartbreaking for France and countries around the world.
Source: Police nationale
The trainer who worked with Diesel on a daily basis was extremely touched by the vast showing of solidarity and the moving messages from all corners of the globe. "All these messages of support have been huge in helping me overcome the loss of Diesel," he saidlast year.To commemorate the first anniversary of his death, here are a selection of photos and illustrations from the day after by people wanting to render hommage to this dog, who gave his life to protect ours.
Diesel, the first RAID dog killed in action, is buried close to his human team members, the police officers of the canine brigade, who made him a memorialin hommage on which there are two plaques. On the first, it says, "in memory of the members of GSPR" (Security Group for the President of the Republic) and the second, larger one, serves as a tombstone.
In January, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Sassari, a town located on the island of Sardinia, also payed tribute to the assault dog with a statue baptized "Dog Hero." Constructed by the Academy of Beaux Arts in the town, we see two blue forms representing the profile of a Malinois dog and seven supports symbolizing Diesel's age.
So that Diesel can also have the right to a commemorative statue in France, Pierre from Besançon in the East of the country, launched a collection fundlast year. "I was extremely upset by the death of Diesel. There, in front of my TV, the 18th of November, I immediately thought that this dog deserved a statue, and that it was necessary to pay him hommage. He's a national hero," explained the animal lover. If you would like to support his initiative which looks to make sure Diesel "will never be forgotten",click here.