When terrorists coordinated an attack on Paris in November 2015, a 7-year-old police dog who was months away from retirement offered one last act of heroism for her country, according to the Daily Mailnewspaper.
As members of the French anti-terror unit RAID, Diesel and other search dogs like her are indispensable when it comes to high-pressure situations. On the night of the attacks, Diesel made the ultimate sacrifice.
During the chaos of the attacks, a shootout in an apartment building in Saint-Denis occurred between suspected Islamic State group militants and the French police. When RAID was summoned, Diesel answered the call with them.
As Diesel made her way into the apartment to sniff out booby traps, a woman came out firing an AK-47 at police. Then, in the blink of an eye, the armed woman detonated a suicide vest, killing herself and Diesel.
In an act of solidarity, Russia's Interior Ministry has offered to send a German shepherd puppy to the French police.
"The puppy is called Dobrynya after a Russian epic knight, who is a symbol of strength, kindness, bravery and selfless help. The puppy will be sent to France as a sign of solidarity with the French people and police in fight against terrorism," the ministry's spokesperson Elena Alekseyeva wrote on her Instagram page.