Recognition for Peak District dog handler

John Coombs
John Coombs
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A dog handler who has volunteered with Edale Mountain Rescue team for 25 years has been honoured for his efforts.

John Coombs, from near Tibshelf, was presented with a long service award by the Search and Rescue Dogs Association.

During his 25 years he has trained and worked with four dogs - Spider, Bonny, Biscuit and Flash.

He has attended over 500 searches across the country, including the operation to find Welsh schoolgirl April Jones, who was murdered.

Ed Proudfoot, of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Not only has John devoted his time to training working search dogs, but he also has found the time and commitment to be involved as equipment officer within Edale Team in two stints encompassing 10 years.

“At a national level John was Search and Rescue Dogs Association England’s training coordinator and now he sits as the Peak District’s search dog coordinator.

“It takes a huge amount of commitment to train just one search dog, the fact that John has trained and worked four over a 25 year period is a fantastic achievement.

“We take this opportunity to thank John for his on-going services to mountain rescue.”