For a dog named Lucky, May 17, 2019, heralded the presence of a new friend at exactly the right moment. Lucky was in the car with his owner, driving on the I-24 in Lyon County, Kentucky, when disaster struck and the vehicle was run off the road.
Kyle W. Ellis, a 30-year-old from Vergennes, Illinois, was driving his motorhome and trailer when he veered off the road for unknown reasons. He tried to correct his trajectory but tragically hit the embankment and flipped the vehicle. Ellis was killed on impact according to WENK. The car that Lucky was traveling in collided with the motorhome, and its occupants were injured.
Lucky, despite the trauma of the crash, steadfastly stuck by his owner’s side; his owner and two passengers were trapped inside the vehicle and had to await the help of first responders. The Kuttawa Fire Department later shared on Facebook that Lucky “wouldn’t budge,” and that the dog’s company may have helped his owner remain calm while he was being freed from the wreckage. Mercifully, Lucky himself escaped unharmed. “Lucky had no indications of being hurt,” the post read, “and we believe played a critical part in helping keep the victim calm and kept him company while we were freeing the victim.”
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His owner was extricated and taken to hospital. Lucky was also removed from the scene of the crash, and that’s when the magic happened. Lyon County State Highway Supervisor Jordan Yates caught the magic on camera and sent the photo to WPSD’s Leah Shields on Facebook. “It touched me and I felt I must share it,” he wrote.
Explaining the heartwarming image, Yates wrote to Shields: “Our state Fire Marshall and Lyon County native, Bill Compton, while attending to one of the trapped survivors, comforted and cared for the man’s dog that wouldn’t leave his side. Once the man was airlifted and the adrenaline began to wear off,” he continued, “I snapped this pic of an exhausted, emotional, and dedicated Bill Compton, resting and caring for the dog.”
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Public support flooded in for the fire marshall’s act of kindness amid the chaos, but the fire department quickly responded on their own Facebook page, keen to make sure that the winning picture didn’t misrepresent the tireless efforts of the rescue team at large. “What we think is also important to point out is what is not depicted in the photo,” they shared. The department proceeded to cite a long and humbling list of every single person involved in the rescue of the victims and restoring the scene of the crash to one of safety for other drivers.
Firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, flight medics, pilots, state police, the department of transportation, and tele-communicators were among those called out for their amazing efforts and life-changing input.
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“The individual in the photo with Lucky the dog wants all to know how humbled he is to be allowed to be part of the TEAM,” the post concluded. We must also remember, they implored, that 70 percent of all firefighters in the United States are volunteers. So the heartwarming photo of Compton and Lucky is just the tip of the iceberg; our country’s first responders go to extraordinary lengths to save lives, many of them for no paycheck, and yet still find it in themselves to comfort a traumatized dog by the side of the road after all is said and done.
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Compton didn’t have to make time for Lucky, but he did, and compassion saves lives too. Family members have come forward to care for Lucky while his owner receives hospital care, but that moment of much-needed comfort by the roadside will surely never be forgotten.