Dave Furukawa is hailing his beloved guide dog, "Simon," a hero following a devastating accident earlier this week in Atlanta, Ga., reported Thursday's 11 Alive News.
Simon, an 80-pound boxer, was walking with his family on Monday morning when tragedy struck; a car sped through a stop sign, crashing into the Furukawa, Simon and narrowly missing Furukawa's young son, Will.
Witnesses saw the frightening incident, and have told Furukawa, who is visually impaired, that Simon was responsible for pushing the four-year-old child out of harm's way.
Tragically, though the little boy was spared, the speeding car did strike the heroic dog, and his guardian; the impact inflicted devastating injuries to both.
Simon suffered a broken leg, gash in his side and internal bleeding - the wounds proved to be fatal.
Despite the massive damage to Simon's body, the devoted dog followed good Samaritans who carried Will back to his mother.
After Simon was certain that "his boy," was okay, he finally laid down; not long after, he died.
Dave Furukawa was seriously injured as well, sustaining a broken elbow, knee and heel.
The man responsible for Monday's tragedy, Calvin Armour, received a citation for running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Furukawa will be receiving a new guide dog through Pilot Dogs Inc.
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