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Figo, a golden retriever service dog, is recovering after saving his blind owner from a potentially fatal situation by leaping in front of an oncoming school bus.Audrey Stone was walking through an intersection when a bus made a left-hand turn without noticing her.Figo reportedly jumped in front of the bus without hesitation to take the brunt of the impact.
Paul Schwartz, the manager of a gas station near the accident site, saw the accident and ran over to help.”There were 15 EMTs and people all around her, and the dog wouldn’t leave her side,” Schwartz explained to The Journal News.”[Figo] was flopping over to her, and she didn’t want him to leave her alone.’Where is Figo?’ she kept yelling.What happened to Figo?’Where has Figo gone?’We kept assuring her that he was fine.”Stone fractured her elbow and ankle, broke three ribs, and cut her head, but her injuries would have been far worse if her dog hadn’t acted heroically.Figo suffered a deep cut on his leg, which was treated on the spot.
“The dog was a great sport, very calm,” Schwartz said.”He sat beside me the entire time.He was limping as we placed him on a large blanket on the sidewalk as it began to rain.He had no problem with us wrapping his leg.He wasn’t yelping, barking, or crying.But he kept drawing closer to her.He stopped doing that after she was placed on a gurney and taken away.He appeared a little disoriented after she left.”
The bus driver was taken in for routine post-accident drug and alcohol testing and will be taken off the road while the accident is investigated, according to The Journal News.Stone is currently in the hospital receiving treatment, but Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo says she was relieved to hear that her dog is doing well.”The dog took a lot of the punishment,” Del Gardo explained.”And he didn’t want to abandon her.He was standing right next to her.He had come to her aid.”