Sunday, October 09, 2011



Kathie Vaughan was driving the used truck she had 
purchased that morning when it suddenly began to fishtail. 
She finally managed to bring the vehicle to a stop with a 
loud screech. But her troubles had just begun. The cabin 
interior was filling fast with noxious fumes and black smoke. 

Most people could have simply jumped out of the vehicle, 
but Kathie is a paraplegic--paralyzed from the waist down 
by multiple sclerosis. Her truck was on fire and she knew 
she could be blown up at any moment. 

Kathie shoved her Rottweiler Eve out the door, along 
with her wheelchair. But due to the thick black smoke, 
she could not find the wheels to the chair. 
A throbbing panic overwhelmed her. 
She had to get out immediately, before the truck exploded. 
That’s when Eve, her dog, proved herself to be a true hero. 
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In danger of blacking out, Kathie suddenly felt Eve, refusing 
to desert her, grab her leg with her jaws. Eve firmly grasped 
Kathie by the ankle and dragged her ten feet to relative safety. 
Then the truck burst into flames. Ignoring the terrifying fire, 
Eve dragged Kathie to a nearby ditch.

A police car arrived on the scene. “You’ve got to get further 
away!” the policeman shouted to Kathie. The truck was on fire, 
the flames were approaching the gas tank; there was danger 
of a terrific explosion.

Kathie struggled to pull herself away from the truck and 
toward the police car. Her head and body ached with pain 
and she found she could hardly move. Eve bent close to her 
human friend, offering Kathie her collar. Then Kathie held tight 
as the determined dog dragged her forty feet to safety.

The firemen eventually extinguished the blaze. And Eve was 
awarded the prestigious Stillman Award for bravery. 
  
- Adapted from Animal Angels, 
by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 1998).

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