Everyone loves a heartwarming reunion, and it doesn’t get much better than this. During his deployment in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Brad O’Keefe was paired with a bomb-sniffing dog named Earl and the two couldn’t have been closer. In fact, if it wasn’t for Earl, Brad probably wouldn’t be here today. During a patrol in 2010, Earl alerted Brad and his fellow troops to a bomb, but before they could get away the bomb went off. O’Keefe and thirteen other men were severely injured in the blast, but things would likely have been much worse had it not been for Earl’s heads up. After the explosion, Brad had no idea where his dog went, but Earl actually ran five miles back to base where he eagerly awaited his master’s return. Unfortunately, Brad never came back, and had to undergo seven surgeries before being sent home to Rochester, NY. But happily, that’s not the end of the story. Hearing about Earl, Brad’s sister Rachel Lawson was determined to reunite her brother with his beloved dog. She reached out on Facebook for help, and eventually discovered the pooch was in Rhode Island, where he had a new master, Trooper Damien Maddox with the Rhode Island State Police. And while Damien, like Brad, had fallen in love with Earl, the officer didn’t think twice about reuniting the soldier with his dog. “I knew what had to be done as soon as she told me the story,” said Trooper Maddox. And Brad certainly is grateful to the department and to officer Maddox. "I am sure it wasn't easy for them to just hand away somebody they have been with for a few months," he said. "They left it to the decision of the trooper who had Earl and Trooper Maddox was just, this is the right thing to do." No doubt about that!