LINCOLNSHIRE, England — Flight Sergeant Will Barrow said goodbye to his dear and loyal friend Buster Thursday. The 13-year-old Springer Spaniel was a true hero, having served several tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia and Hercegovina. He was responsible for saving over 1,000 lives.
Buster was trained to sniff out IED’s, ammunition, and other weapons. When not on the battlefield, he was often found working checkpoints to search vehicles and detect such devices. In his five tours, he worked diligently to keep our servicemen and women safe. When asked about his partner, Flight Sergeant Barrow said,
“He saved my life every day we were together. I owe him so much that I can never repay the debt, even if we lived for ever.”
Buster was recognized for his service, receiving several medals of honor for his work. In 2003, he was awarded the Dickin Medal (Victoria Cross) for military service, and in 2012, he was awarded the Crutts Friends For Life. He was also named the lifetime mascot for RAF Police. Buster may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Flight Sergeant Barrow wrote a memoir of their time together, Buster: The Dog Who Saved A Thousand Lives, which was published January this year. The pair were best friends and both had a commitment to keeping the other safe. Buster will forever be remembered by Sergeant Barrow for his bravery and heroism.
RAF Police have praised Buster’s “exceptional efforts” and are planning a special tribute to honor him in the coming weeks.