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Heroic Devon dog helps save a woman's life

Photo: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Digby receives high praise for his ‘paw-some' work

A Devon dog went viral earlier this week after he helped save a young woman, who was thinking of taking her own life.

The women was standing on a bridge over the M5, near Exeter. Police negotiators were speaking with her, but the situation was becoming increasingly worrying. 

One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's ‘defusing’ dog. Digby helps crews who have been exposed to trauma during talking therapy ‘diffusing’ sessions.

When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look, and smiled. This got a conversation started about Digby and his role at the fire service. She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby, which we are pleased to say she did.

Writing on Facebook, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "We wish the woman involved all the best in her recovery. If you need someone to talk to, contact Samaritans on 116 123 or visit"

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