TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) – Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.
But Hutto then saw what Eddie smelled: a homemade bomb, partially buried in the dirt. It was six inches from Hutto's foot.
“It was a high stress moment,” Hutto said.
A short time later, Eddie sniffed out another improvised explosive placed on a bridge the patrol unit was about to cross.
Eddie saved Hutto's life, the lives of a dozen patrol members and countless people in the village.
For his service, Eddie retired Friday with full military honors. The ceremony was held at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and a few dozen soldiers turned out to cheer Eddie on.
The Belgian Malinois dog was assigned to MacDill's 6th Security Forces Squadron and has served for about five years. He's also helped sweep government buildings and helped the Secret Service by checking presidential and vice presidential visit venues.
In retirement, he will be reunited with his first handler, Andrew Grymes.
Hutto said he will be forever grateful to Eddie for saving his life.
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