Hurricane is a black Belgian Malinois and US Secret Service canine officer. He was on duty with his handler, Officer Marshall Mirarchi, at the White House October 22, 2014, when a stranger breached security. A man had jumped over the north lawn fence and ran across the lawn and towards the family residence.
Mirarchi and Hurricane went after the man, and the heroic dog was kicked, punched, swung through the air, and slammed to the ground. Although Hurricane was battered, he didn’t let go of the suspect’s arm.
For his bravery and dedication, Hurricane is being rewarded by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) – a veterinary charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1917 to provide care for sick and injured animals of the poor. The noble organization established the Order of Merit in 1943 to recognize animals that provide great service and who show the example of how well people and animals can work together.
Maria Dickin, founder of the charity, felt that recognizing the heroic action and necessary role of animals within the community would elevate their status and ensure better and more respectful treatment.
Although he isn’t very big, Hurricane let no obstacle get in his way: His strength, power, and dedication were all he needed to be successful in his job. His adopted guardian, Mirarchi, praised him, stating, “If I ever had to choose between me or him, I would choose him. And that’s an easy choice to make because he would choose me – he did choose me.”