The Hero from the Woods: The Unlikely Rescue of Shannon Lorio

Shannon hugs her hero

Shannon hugs her hero

It was a day most likely like any other in 2010 when Shannon Lorio hopped in her car and headed off down a familiar road.  It was a winding rural road in Georgia she had probably travelled down more times than she could count.  But what she didn’t count on was her car fish-tailing on a tight curve taken too fast.  Having careened off the road, Shannon ended up being thrown partly through the back window of her car.  When she regained consciousness, injured and in a great deal of pain,she discovered she wasn’t alone.  An unlikely savior has appeared out of the woods and come to her side in the form of a stray dog.

The german shepherd jumped to the back of the car and cleaned the blood from Shannon’s face when she lost consciousness again.  The next thing she was aware of was the dog pulling her from the car by the back of her jacket.  He then persisted to drag her a heroic distance to the side of the road.  Hearing a vehicle approaching, Shannon was able to pull herself up using her canine hero for support and flag the car down before losing consciousness again.

After the driver contacted Shannon’s husband and an ambulance, it was determined that she’d suffered a head injury and was bleeding into her brain.  If the dog hadn’t come to her rescue, she probably wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.  Shannon owes her life to the heroic acts of a dog she’d never met.

But that’s not the end of the story.  The dog was taken to the local Human Society where he was adopted by Heidy Drawdy, a canine search and rescue trainer.  She named him, appropriately, Hero.  Heidy has since been busy putting Hero’s natural abilities to good use and he’s happily and enthusiastically learning wilderness rescue with even more in store for his future.

Watch Shannon recount the event and see Heidy and Hero in the video below.  A very touching story of selfless love, hope and heroics.