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In an incredible last act of heroism, an Atlanta guide dog named Simon is responsible for saving the life of a 4-year old boy, despite his own life-threatening injuries.
On Monday, David Furukawa was walking his young son, Will, to school. Because Furukawa is visually-impaired, his guide dog, Simon, an 80-pound Boxer, joined them on the walk.
As the family crossed an Atlanta intersection, witnesses say a car failed to stop at a stop sign and collided, first, with Simon and then struck Furukawa. Despite severe injuries, the heroic dog jumped up and pushed 4-year old Will out of the way of the moving car in time to save him from being struck as well.
When bystanders picked up Will and carried him home to his mother, Simon followed along the entire way, making sure the boy was safe.
“Broken leg, gash on his side and internal bleeding, but he followed us home,” Furukawa told NBC NewsChannel 11. “Once he was sure Will was OK, he laid down.”
Family members quickly rushed Simon to a nearby emergency veterinarian, but the heroic pup tragically died on the way.
Furukawa was hospitalized with a broken elbow, knee, and heel, but is expected to make a complete recovery.
According to Atlanta Police, the driver of the vehicle, Calvin Armour, was only ticketed for running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. (Yes, that’s it.)
Pilot Dogs of Columbus, Ohio, the organization that paired Simon with Furukawa, says they will place another trained guide dog with him.
But, Furukawa will always treasure those last heroic moments in his beloved dog’s life, saying, “This is true loyalty and courage.”
Rest in peace, Simon.