Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, and Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth, were joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists PC Dave Wardell and the police dog which saved his life, “Fabulous Finn” as they opened the Force’s 2019 Family Fun Day (Sunday 1 September 2019).
PC Wardell is still a serving member of the Dogs Unit which serves Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Finn, who had already been stabbed by an escaping burglar, threw himself in front of him to save PC Wardell from a fatal blow. Two vets fought to save the life of the heroic dog.
Finn has now retired from police duties, but he still lives with PC Wardell and his family.
PC Wardell explained to the crowd that he had honed the magic act which took him and Finn to the BGT final with the show’s producers to draw attention to the campaign for “Finn’s Law” for tougher penalties for those who attack police service animals.
“There’s no doubt at all that Finn risked his life to save me. He usually slept in a kennel but, when he came home, I made a bed up on the floor and slept beside him for four weeks. I’d been stabbed in the hand myself but the physical injuries were the least of it; he helped me get over the mental effects of the attack just as much as I helped him get over his physical injuries, “ PC Wardell told the crowd.
“People think I’ve become a millionaire through Britain’s Got Talent but I haven’t made a penny; it was always about drawing attention to Finn’s Law.”
PC Wardell confirmed that Finn had made a huge impact on BGT lead judge, Simon Cowell.
“Simon Cowell has invited us to his home for dinner to meet Squiddly and Diddly, his own two dogs, and he also made a substantial contribution to a German Shepherd charity as a result of us appearing on the show.”
Chief Constable Garry Forsyth opened the 2019 Bedfordshire Police Family Fun Day which took place on the sports field where the police Dogs Unit also train, on Sunday. In brilliant sunshine, the Fun Day attracted 14,725 visitors this year. He said:
“The Family Fun Day was an amazing day and I want to express a huge thank you to everybody who contributed and everyone who came to support the event. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves.
“We were very fortunate to have the day opened by Britain’s Got Talent finalists PC Dave Wardell and Finn, the police dog that saved his life. There were so many stalls showcasing what policing is all about and getting people involved in the important work that we do, including impressive displays from the dog unit and an exciting landing from the police helicopter by our colleagues from NPAS. To top it off we raised a huge amount of money for our force charity Embrace CVOC supporting child victims of crime.
“These events are so important for the force to build relationships with our local communities, we loved meeting you all and we hope to see you at next year’s event.”