Shannon Lorio sheds tears every time she recalls the tragic day she was nearly killed in a vehicle accident. Shannon was traveling through Georgia’s twisty rural roads on that fateful day when she lost control of her vehicle due to an abrupt turn. Her automobile collided, and her body plunged 100 feet away from the main road into the adjacent woods.
Shannon had significant brain damage and lost her ability to move as a result of the collision. When a homeless German Shepherd wandering nearby saw her situation, he rushed running to assist her. He tugged at her motionless body, sensing that the injured woman’s time was running out.
Shannon faded in and out of consciousness for the next few minutes as she sensed her body being hauled out of the forest by the brave German Shepherd. When a motorist discovered the disoriented woman laying on the side of the road, she knew the dog was by her side!
Shannon made it out alive thanks to prompt ER treatment. She began seeking the dog who had single-handedly saved her from certain death as soon as she regained consciousness. Shannon finally discovered the dog after searching for him for days and proudly named him “Hero”!
Shannon brought Hero to the Humane Society, where Heidy Drawdy, a dog trainer, fell in love with him. Heidy took him in and is now teaching him to be a search and rescue dog, which he already knows how to do! Hero, you’ve done a fantastic job!