(PETS/HERO ANIMALS) DENVER — An ongoing national tragedy in Colorado has at least one positive story to report after a heroic seeing-eye dog helped his blind companion navigate a drainage pipe to safety. During a morning walk, Ronnie Webb was knocked down by floodwaters and sucked underneath 13th Avenue. Using his dog as flotation support, the two were able to navigate to the other side of the tunnel after 17 minutes. They were later rescued by helicopter and airlifted to safety. Read on for more information regarding this brave poochs’ rescue and check out the video of the dog below, looking happy as ever. — Global Animal
The Denver Post, Ryan Parker
A seeing-impaired man was saved by his guide dog Friday morning after the two were sucked down a drainage culvert in northeast Denver.
“The dog was the hero,” said Del Creason, a Denver police officer who was the first responder to the scene. The victim, identified by Creason as Ronnie Webb, was knocked over by floodwaters while walking the dog at 8:30 a.m. near East 13th Avenue and Xenia Street.
While doing his patrol, Creason saw the dog near the water, paying particular attention to something, which, when upon further examination, turned out to be Webb.
Creason attempted to save them both, but as the officer approached, Webb screamed for help, which led to the dog jumping into the water, Creason said.
“Right then, they both got sucked under 13th Avenue,” Creason said.
Having grown up in the area, Creason knew the tunnels and where they would surface, he said.
With the help of a paramedic who was nearby, Creason was able to get Webb and the dog out of the water in the 1500 block of Akron Street, he said.
“He and the dog were in the tunnel for 17 minutes,” Creason said. “I’m sure he used the dog to keep afloat.”
Giving all the credit to Webb’s dog, Creason said he was happy he could help them and apologized to Webb for not getting to them faster initially.
“He (Webb) is a super- nice guy,” Creason said. “I am glad it worked out the way it did.”
Both Webb and his dog are fine and have been reunited, Creason said.