As Dave Furukawa was walking his 4-year-old son Will to school one morning last week, a speeding car ran a stop sign, reports WXIA of Atlanta. Mr. Furukawa, who is visually impaired, and his guide dog Simon were both hit by the car. Despite receiving injuries that would prove fatal, Simon, an 80-pound Boxer, remained on the job.
Witnesses reported that just as Simon was hit by the car, the 80-pound brindle Boxer pushed 4-year-old Will out of the street to safety. Will was hit by the car, but witnesses say that if it hadn’t been for Simon’s action, the boy would have likely died. As bystanders swooped in and carried Will down the street toward his mom, Simon followed.
With a broken leg, a gash on one side, and internal bleeding, Simon followed until Will was safe with his mother. Only then did the dog lie down.
At the same time that Mr. Furukawa was being taken to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries which include several broken bones, family members rushed Simon to a veterinary hospital. Sadly, the dog died on the way.
Simon had served as Mr. Furukawa’s guide dog for four years. Simon had been trained by Pilot Dogs, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
(Photo: Screencap via WXIA Atlanta)
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