BAKER, LA (WAFB) - The City of Baker honored a Purple Heart Award recipient along with his partner who was with him in Afghanistan Tuesday night.
Corporal Jared Heine was award the Purple Heart Award after being injured by an IED while on bomb duty in 2011. He and his bomb sniffer service dog Spike were separated a long time, but the two were finally reunited.
"Not everybody recognizes what a dog has done in the military," said Cpl. Heine. "To know that he has done that much and that everybody recognizes that for him, I really appreciate that. Because he really deserves the honor as much as I do."
The former U.S. Marine is related to former Baker mayor Pete Heine who shared the moment as a member of the Baker Council.
Current Mayor Rideau made Spike an honorary mayor.