Atlanta guide dog dies after saving boy's life

ATLANTA - An Atlanta family is mourning the loss of their guide dog who died shortly after pushing his owner's son to safety on Monday.

According to WXIA-TV, Simon, an 80-pound boxer, was accompanying his visually impaired owner Dave Furukawa and his child, Will, to school when a car ran a stop sign and hit both the owner and his dog.

Bystanders reported that despite his injuries, Simon pushed Will out of harm's way seconds after the accident.

"Once he was sure Will was okay, he laid down," Furukawa told WXIA reporters.

Simon suffered a broken leg, gash on his side and internal bleeding that would prove to be fatal.

The beloved family dog died on the way to an emergency vet clinic.

Pilot Dogs, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, provided Simon to Furukawa and told WXIA they will give him another guide dog and training.

According to Atlanta police, Calvin Armour was cited for running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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