Photo: Denver Police Department
An ongoing national tragedy in Colorado has at least one positive story to report after a seeing-eye dog helped his blind owner navigate a drainage pipe to safety. The two were later rescued by helicopter and airlifted to safety.
The blind man, identified as Ronnie Webb, was knocked into a drainage pipe after being hit by a surge of flood water. Webb cried for help as he was sucked into the drainage pipe. His dog then jumped in after him.
Despite the massive tunnel fixture being filled with rain water, Webb and his dog navigated the tunnels for 17 minutes before escaping out the other side. Officials claim that Webb used his own dog as a flotation device.
Police saw Webb and his dog enter the drainage pipe. The team then tracked the two over a mile down the way towards the eventual exit point for the drainage. It must have been quite an amazing site to see the blind man clutching to his dog for dear life on the other end.
A video has been posted of the heroic dog at escape site. The wet pup likely doesn’t know he saved his owner’s life; he was just doing his job.
This is a wonderful story, but does not change the very real danger still facing the Boulder area of Colorado. Days of heavy rain have led to mass flooding around the area. Less than a year ago, a series of wildfires incinerated much of the wildlife in the Boulder area. As a result, the soil in the area is extremely brittle and unsupported. This unfortunate combination has led to the massive flooding that still risks the lives of thousands in the area.
It’s nice to see a story of great hope in times like these. However, there is still much work to be done to protect the lives of so many other citizens in the Colorado area.