Retired US Marine reunites with dog that saved his life
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(MyFoxBoston.com) – A US Marine who served in a bomb unit in Afghanistan has been reunited with his canine partner; years after the two were separated.
According to the Providence Journal, Lance Cpl. Brad O'Keefe suffered grave injuries from an IED explosion in 2010. He was eventually sent home to Rochester, N.Y., and his Labrador Retriever, Earl, was reassigned.
Over the years, O'Keefe and his family continued to search for Earl. O'Keefe's sister, Rachel Lawson, even set up a Facebook page called 'Bring MWD Earl Home' to help find the dog.
On May 31, the family was able to trace Earl to Rhode Island, where he was working with state police. O'Keefe and Earl had not seen each other since April 14, 2010. On June 21, 2013, the pair were reunited in a ceremony at State Police headquarters in Scituate, R.I.
Earl was one of four surplus military dogs picked up in North Carolina and had been assigned to Trooper Damien Maddox. Earl is now retired and back with O'Keefe.