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Missing man saved by police dog handler

Pc Luke Pitchford and police dog Tex
Pc Luke Pitchford and police dog Tex

A dog handler and his police dog located a missing man in a cemetery and helped save his life.

On February 10, Pc Luke Pitchford and police dog Tex, a general purpose German Shepherd, were called to search for a missing man in Halstead.

The man had been walking on country lanes near Halstead for several hours and had made a call to the mental health team to tell them he was on his way back to the town.

Pc Pitchford was deployed to search for the man. He recalled hearing information that the man’s father-in-law was buried at a cemetery in the town. He located a cemetery and began searching the area with Tex.

Within minutes, the pair located the man and Luke approached him calmly and reassured him.

The man disclosed that he had harmed himself and it was clear that he needed urgent medical attention.

Whilst requesting for an ambulance, Luke took the man to the police car to keep him warm.

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