When Shannon Lorio got into her car on the evening of January 26th, she had just got into an argument with her husband and wanted some space. But what was meant to be a short drive to blow off some steam, turned into a dangerous situation that would leave her fighting for her life.
Shannon lost control of her vehicle while speeding on a long stretch of Georgian blacktop known as ’Nascar Road’. The road; which drivers have a tendency to speed down because of its length and lack of traffic, is usually free of incidents but with emotions running high and turbulent weather conditions, Shannon crashed.
Speaking on the incident during an interview found below Lorio recalls;
“I was angry, and I was speeding. I turned onto a road that was really windy and curvy, took the first curve no problems- but when I came into the second curve, the car fishtailed. It took me out of the driver’s seat and threw me out of the back glass.”
The crash, which had knocked Shannon unconscious, left her bleeding and in an immense amount of pain when she came to.
She knew that she needed to get help however, her injuries left her unable to move.
Shannon needed a miracle. And that’s exactly what she got when she opened her eyes after falling unconscious again to find herself being towered over by a German Shepard – who quite fitting has been named Hero.
Hero came to save the day
“I don’t know how long I had been out before I came to, but I remember when I did come to, I felt this huge presence. I don’t know if he was making his rounds (the dog), I don’t know if he was headed back to his original owner. But he came across me, and I thank God that he did.” Sharon said in the interview.
Thank God indeed! Knowing that Shannon needed help Hero refused to leave her side until he had gotten her to safety.
“My face was bleeding, and he began to lick my face. And the next time I came to, he had me turned around and halfway out the car. He was pulling me off the back of the car.” She recounts
Hero, committed and strong; ended up dragging Sharon by her t-shirt all the way out of the damaged vehicle and then up onto the side of the road where she could easily be seen by passersby.
Knowing that she still couldn’t be seen Shannon wrapped her arms around Heros’ neck and managed to hoist herself up onto her feet Finally in eyesight view, Shannon was able to flag down someone driving pass, who immediately called the ambulance and her husband.
Finally out of harm’s way, It was only until she was admitted to the hospital that the severity of her injuries could be seen.
Shannon had sustained an intracranial brain hemorrhage and would have most likely lost her life, instead, doctors were able to send Shannon home to recover after a short stay at the hospital, all because of Heros’ heroic act!
Speaking on the magnitude of what Hero did for her Shannon tells her interviewer;
“This dog, he did everything, and he’s an amazing animal, he really is. If he hadn’t have saved me, I wouldn’t have been here today.”
So what happened to Hero after?
After saving Shannons life Hero was taken in by the good folks over at the Humane Society and was soon adopted by Heidy Drawdy, a canine search and rescue trainer who owns the Thomasville unit of South Georgia Search Dog Inc with her husband Mike.
He is currently being trained for wilderness rescue and we have no doubt in our minds that he has all it takes to save the day. What a good boy!
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