New York City’s latest hero is a four-legged golden retriever named Figo.
The service dog saved the life of his blind owner when he leapt in front of a small school bus on Monday morning. He and his owner, Audrey Stone, were walking through an intersection on North Main Street when the bus struck the pair in the middle of the walkway, according to police.
But right before it happened, Figo launched himself at the bus to protect Stone, injuring his leg and paw in the process. As for Stone, she suffered multiple injuries, requiring the aid of EMS.
When the EMS arrived, Figo wouldn’t leave the woman’s side.
The driver of the bus, which was carrying two school-aged children, was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Stone is currently recovering in the hospital with numerous fractures, three broken ribs, and a laceration to the head – an outcome that could have been much more severe if it weren’t for Figo’s heroics.
She will reunite with her trusted partner in (protecting from) crime upon her release from hospital.
Figo, meanwhile, is recovering well. Someone grant this dog a badge of honour.