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U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. James Harrington

Staff Sgt. James Harrington, pictured above, and his specialized Improvised Detection dog Ryky served four years together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their job was to locate explosives keeping countless soldiers and civilians safe. 



Awarded Bronze Star


On July 6, 2011 Ryky, with her handler Sgt. James Harrington, while traveling in a convoy were involved in an IED attack resulting in severe injury to two personnel in the lead vehicle. Without regard to their safety Ryky and Sgt. Harrington exited their vehicle and cleared a path to the damaged lead vehicle allowing medical personnel to render first aid to the two wounded soldiers. Ryky and Sgt. Harrington then cleared a safe path out of the ambush site and cleared a landing area for a medevac helicopter to land and evacuate the wounded soldiers.

On January 24, 2012 Sgt. Harrington and Ryky were awarded The Bronze Star Medal for their exceptionally meritorious service supporting operational enduring freedom.

Canine Ryky was then recognized by K9's of the War on Terror and was awarded the K9 Medal for Exceptional Service.


James and Ryky reunited after 2 1/2 years apart

On June 27, 2014 after a 2 1/2 year separation Ryky, now 8, was reunited with her handler James in an emotional reunion.  American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue,  nonprofit groups that work to bring military working dogs back to the U.S. and reconnect them with their former handlers

Returning Soldier Initiative

James will be working with other veterans in the New Orleans, Louisiana area as part of the Returning Soldier Initiative and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States.  If you are a soldier or would like to support this program please contact us here: