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Service dog helps Air Force sergeant get his life back

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Service dog helps Air Force sergeant get his life back

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Jul 24, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The SuperZoo trade show wrapped up in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The expo brought a lot of people and pets to the valley, but one in particular, really stood out.  Xxon is reminding all of us that service animals are PositivelyLV.

The amazing dog helped Air Force Sgt. Michael Malrasie get his life back.

Sgt. Malrasie received a Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan when an IED exploded, killing four members of his team. He survived, but lost his eyesight. He also lost a lot of his freedom, until Xxon came along.

That's why he's up for a Hero Dog Award sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul.

"Adjusting to being totally blind and having to travel with a cane, it was really difficult for me. It was slow, and everything that used to be easy was hard. And when I got him, I remember that first walk perfectly. I felt like I was running again. I hadn't moved that fast in a year," said Sgt. Malrasie.

He has gone on to get married, and he and his wife have three children.

As for Xxon's big award, he's a finalist in the Guide and Hearing Dog Category. We'll find out if he wins in September.

Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.