Kimber, a 7-year old Belgian Malinois, went underneath the rubble and signaled the location of the victim to the rescue team. Firefighters had to saw through heavy layers of rubble to reach the trapped victim, who only had 8 inches of space around him.
The man, Leonardo Moreto Da Silva, was trapped for almost 90 minutes until he was finally rescued. He was found conscious and appeared comforted when he saw the dog that rescued him. Four other construction workers were pulled from the debris early on in the rescue effort with non-life-threatening injuries.
Chris Holmes, Kimber’s handler and partner, said the dog is trained to search for live victims. “The dog is a force multiplier. So, where we would have to have people hand-dig or search physically, the dog can sense with its nose where the victim is,” Holmes said.
“And not only sense where the victim is, but let us know if a victim is alive or deceased. So, the dog is looking for live, concealed human scent, and that’s what she did today.”