A guide dog's life is one of service. And a boxer trained as a seeing-eye dog, belonging to an Atlanta man, committed the ultimate act of service, laying down his life for his family.
The dog named Simon helped lead legally blind Dave Furukawa for four years, but died after a car accident Monday where he helped helping protect his owner's son, Will, according to WXIA-TV.
Simon, a seeing eye dog, died after a car that run a stop sign struck him. Witnesses said the dog pushed the 4-year-old out of the car's way. (Image via WXIA video screenshot)
Furukawa told the local news station he was walking his son to school when a car ran through a stop sign. The 80-pound dog pushed the child out of the way, but was hit by the vehicle himself. Furukawa was hit as well.
"What people have said is that Simon either got up or jumped out, and pushed my son out of the path of the car," said Furukawa.
Furukawa told WXIA the dog did get up and followed the boy who was rushed home, but "once he was sure Will was okay, he laid down."
Simon lays with Furukawa and his son, Will, when the boy was just a baby. (Image via WXIA video screenshot)
Simon died with a broken leg and internal injuries as his family took him to the vet.
"He sacrificed himself to make sure my son was OK," Furukawa told WAGA-TV. "His legacy will live on…forever."
Furukawa called him "my eyes and buddy," choking up in his interview with WXIA.
WXIA reported police saying Calvin Armour was charged with running the stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Watch this report about the accident: