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K-9 Officer Rescues Dogs From Burning Car

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Bystanders helped put out the flames with fire extinguishers.  Photo Courtesy Of:  Mike Dirks/Times-News. Bystanders helped put out the flames with fire extinguishers. Photo Courtesy Of: Mike Dirks/Times-News.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

For Sgt. Jimmy Case, dogs are not only good companions, they can be heroes.

The K-9 officer with Hendersonville Police Department has relied on his four-legged partners to keep him safe on the job.

"My dogs take care of me," said Sgt. Case.

So when Case had the opportunity to return the favor and save another man's best friend from danger, he didn't hesitate.

"I am not going to let a dog suffer," says Case.

A truck caught fire with three dogs inside Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Walmart.

Case had just finished grocery shopping when he heard people yelling. He then saw two pooches jump out of the burning vehicle, but noticed a third dog not able to escape.

"So I just bent down under the smoke and grab the old dog," Case said.

Bystanders were able to put the flames out with fire extinguishers and it was later ruled that an electrical malfunction caused the fire.

Case says he doesn't know what would have happened to the animal had it stayed in the vehicle much longer.

"I think it is a great thing to see somebody do something heroic like that. It reminds us there are still a lot of good in people," said Caleb Edwards who witnessed the incident.

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