Story and photos by Bob Bartosz
On Feb 25, 2015 a Good Samaritan from Enfield, North Carolina, was heading home on NC Rt. 301 in Nash County and saw a small dog on the busy road nearly hit by numerous cars. He stopped and was able to rescue the dog off the highway and place him in his car. He continued on his way home and somehow lost control of his car, driving over an embankment into a swampy area on the 8000 block of NC Rt. 301.
Nash County 911 Center received calls from other motorists about the accident. Firefighters from Whitakers Station 10 along with Nash County EMS Unit 9 were dispatched to the accident with possible entrapment. Upon arrival they found one male victim with minor cuts to the head. The man told firefighters that there was a dog still inside his car which was now submerged in the swamp.
Firefighters placed a ground ladder from the bank to the front door of the car, where firefighter Josh Garris was able to enter the car Inside, he found the frightened, injured dog on the floor in the back. EMS treated the driver, who was not seriously injured but shaken up, and returned the dog to him.
It was later learned that the good Samaritan was now the victim for his good deed, and now had a totaled-out car. Both him and the dog were taken home by a family member.
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