Swansea Jack had saved 29 lives. He had rescued 27 people and two dogs from drowning. He was just about a year old when his first actual rescue happened in June 1931. He was scared of the water, but he was bold enough to save a twelve-year-old boy from drowning in the sea.
That event went unreported. None was there to witness the bravery Swansea Jack had displayed. After a few weeks, he was out to rescue another one from the docks. There was a mass of people who had seen him plunge into the water and drag the swimmer to safety. Soon, he always responded to those in need of saving.
Journalists and photographers went to see him. The first photo to be taken of him appeared in the newspaper. The local council awarded him a silver collar for his courage. Five years later, he achieved the award of Bravest Dog of the Year in 1936.
The Lord Mayor of London had awarded a silver cup. The National Canine Defence League also awarded him two bronze medals before the organization changed its name to Dogs Trust. Swansea Jack had rescued many people, and everyone loved him. He lived in the North Docks with his owner, William Thomas.
He loved roaming around the docks. He knew the place so much that he started to enjoy the water. Whenever he heard distress calls, he always dashes to the source and figures out how to help them. His bravery and heroism were much admired.
He accidentally consumed rat poison and passed away. He was buried beside his master, but public demand for access to the hero’s grave was strong. His body was moved to the Promenade. The place was just around St. Helen’s Rugby Grounds. A monument of bronze and marble was erected in honor of his legacy. Nowadays, the people of Swansea became known as Jacks. A famous football team was named after him, called the Swansea Jack Army.
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