After rescuing 7 people from the devastating earthquake, this loyal dog died a heroic death!

Is it enough to call a dog man’s best friend? It’s stories like these that make us wonder whether the title of best friend is really sufficient…  

Dayko was a 4-year-old labrador, trained in emergency rescue and worked at the Ibara Fire Station in Ecuador for three and a half years. On April 16, 2016, a terrible earthquake shook Ecuador. Not caring for his own life, the dog searched for survivors, digging in the rubble, trying to save as many lives as possible. His amazing story of courage shows his great dedication and honesty, a difficult trait to find.

Dayko is described by his co-rescuers as a hard-working, loving and loyal companion

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake buried a lot of people under many piles of rubble. Dayko carried out his duty–tirelessly searching and trying to rescue as many people as possible continuously for several days. In total he saved the lives of seven people.

Dayko is full of love and devotion towards mankind

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Suddenly, Dayko passed out from severe exhaustion while searching for more survivors. As his colleagues relate, he suddenly collapsed, suffering from a heat stroke. Veterinarians tried their best to save him but were unsuccessful. This gentle and beautiful white labrador had lost his own life in the process of saving the lives of seven people buried in the rubble.

Dayko collapses from exhaustion and receives medical attention

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Dayko paid no attention to his own signs of exhaustion, and continued on with the job, but with this dedication he paid for with his life. According to the fire station’s Facebook post, Dayko’s death was caused by a massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure, and he lost his life in the process.

A suitable burial was organized by the fire station staff

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His colleagues at the fire department find it hard to accept the loss of their dear friend. Still grieving over their colleague’s death, workers at the Ibara Fire Station said, “This four-legged friend gave his life in the line of duty,” and thanked the labrador for his heroic deeds.

Dayko will be remembered for his great courage and dedication to his job

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According to staff, Dayko had developed a very strong bond with Alex Yela, his handler. He was also known for his unbelievable charisma and good sense of smell. Due to his remarkable qualities, he was able to detect many people trapped under the rubble and save them.

Dayko was given a proper burial and the rescue staff expressed their thanks and a farewell–to their selfless colleague who lost his life in the line of duty.  The people saved by him will forever remember and be grateful to this very brave and selfless dog.

The fire station staff and rescue dogs give a final farewell to precious Dayko

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Watch Dayko’s video here: