It doesn't take a cape and super powers to be a hero. In fact, it doesn't take opposable thumbs or language capabilities either. On Saturday, February 13, a police dog named Boomer will be inducted into the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Hero Animal Hall of Fame.
On April 6, 2009, Boomer, a K-9 unit for the St Paul police, tagged along with Officer Patrick Murphy in response to a report of a gunman lurking in a downtown alley, NBC affiliate Kare11 reports.
During his attempt to apprehend the suspect, Boomer sustained a serious wound when the gunman unloaded his weapon. Fortunately, after being rushed to the University of Minnesota, Boomer survived an emergency surgery.
The Animal Hall of Fame recognition is a glory familiar to the storied police dog. In September, both the pooch and Officer Murphy were awarded the Medal of Valor from St Paul Police Chief John Harrington.
According to the police department, such a distinction is only awarded to officers who intelligently "distinguish himself or herself by performing an act of gallantry and valor at imminent personal hazard to life, above and beyond the call of duty," reports the news provider.
Though Boomer has retired, more than 7,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. use canine assistance, according to Associated Content.