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MACDILL DOG TO RETIRE A HERO

Eddie the war hero is retiring, tail and all.

The Belgian Malinois thatmay have saved the life of his handler and others in Afghanistan in 2012 is retiring with full military honors at a ceremony Friday, MacDill Air Force Base said Tuesday.

Eddie, a bomb-sniffing dog assigned to MacDill's 6th Security Forces Squadron, has served for about five years. In retirement, he will be reunited with his first handler, Andrew Grymes.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto credits Eddie with saving his life in that mission. On May 23, 2012, Hutto had Eddie on a leash leading a platoon during a routine daytime patrol. After a rest stop, Hutto stood and took one step, but Eddie wouldn't budge. The dog lowered his nose to the dirt. He nudged something under the dust. Hutto looked closely. Just 6 inches from his foot was the contact plate that would detonate an improvised explosive device.

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