A volunteer with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is being praised for their quick thinking after helping to save a dog that had been tied to a moving semi-truck trailer that was pulling out of a gas station in Ash Fork, Arizona.
Video from the dash cam showed the volunteer, who works with the Yavapai County Sheriff's office pulling out of a Shell station, when a semi-truck pulls out in front of him. But as the truck turns right, a small dog can be seen tied to the rear corner of the trailer, trotting to try and keep up with the truck.
The truck was still maneuvering around the parking lot, so speeds were slow, but the semi was picking up speed as it headed for the interstate, giving the volunteer little time to stop the big rig.
In the video, the volunteer can be heard honking the horn to try and get the trucker's attention. When that doesn't work, he uses his vehicle's lights and sirens to alert the driver that he needed to stop. Volunteers in the VIP program are not sworn officers, and aren't supposed to use the emergency lights.
A second view obtained from gas station surveillance video shows the grateful driver walking back to unleash his dog and bring him back to the cab.
“A very grateful owner retrieved his pet and expressed deep appreciation for the VIP’s efforts,” the Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook. “The driver was simply distracted and headed towards the interstate forgetting to unleash his dog. No charges are being sought. Thanks to the work these dedicated volunteers do day in and day out and for the actions of this VIP to save this dog.”
The sheriff's department added the volunteer using the vehicle's lights and sirens was justified.
People on Facebook were quick to praise the volunteer's quick thinking.