Photo of K-9 injured in Afghanistan goes viral

Rocky wearing his purple heart while in recovery after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan. Photo Credit: 89th MP

A heartwarming photo of a military K-9 and his handler, making a splash on social media circles this morning.

Earlier this month, Fort Hood soldier Andrew Brown and his military dog, Rocky, were conducting a search in southern Afghanistan, when they were injured by a roadside bomb.

 Specialist Andrew Brown and Rocky. Photo credit: 89th Military Police
Specialist Andrew Brown and Rocky. Photo credit: 89th Military Police

The 22-year-old military police officer and his K-9 partner were transported to a hospital in Germany. While the two were recovering there, side-by-side, the dog was captured in a photo lying in the hospital bed, wearing a Purple Heart Medal.  That photo has now gone viral.

Fort Hood’s 89th Military Police Brigade- to which Brown is assigned– posted the photo to its  Facebook page. It had more than 89,000 likes, 118,000 shares and more than 9,500 comments as of Sunday morning, Fox News reports.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Garrett told the Killeen Daily Herald that the pair was working with Special Ops Forces to identify explosive materials, when they were hurt. Rocky suffered shrapnel wounds and a broken leg, but is expected to return to Ft. Hood in the coming weeks.

Garrett added: “The Army typically does not process awards for our working dogs the same way we do for our other soldiers….the Purple Heart in the photo was placed on Rocky as a sign of respect and solidarity between him and Brown during their recovery.”

Brown reportedly arrived Friday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hospital, in Washington, where he was undergoing some routine tests.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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