A dog named Lucky was in the car with his owner on May 17, 2020, in Lyon County, Kentucky, when a horrific accident changed his life forever.

Lucky and his owner were on I-24 when a driver from Vergennes, Illinois, operating a motorhome towing a trailer, veered off the road. While attempting to return to the lane, the driver struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to flip, resulting in the driver’s immediate death.


Throughout the ordeal, Lucky remained by his owner’s side, who was trapped in the car. The dog’s presence provided comfort to his owner as emergency responders worked to free him.

A Facebook post by The Kuttawa Fire Department highlighted that Lucky was uninjured and played a crucial role in keeping his owner calm until he could be extricated from the wreckage. The post read, “Once the victim was freed, we were able to get Lucky out of the wreckage. He was taken away from the scene.”

A photo, taken by a Lyon County State Highway employee moments after the rescue, has been widely shared on social media, capturing hearts everywhere. The image shows an exhausted and emotional Bill Compton, a firefighter, resting and caring for Lucky after the rescue.


The caption accompanying the photo stated, “Once the man was airlifted and the adrenaline began to wear off, I snapped this pic of an exhausted, emotional, and dedicated Bill Compton, resting and caring for the dog. It touched me, and I felt I must share it.”

The fire department’s post emphasized the collective effort involved in the rescue, noting, “What you don’t see in the photo are the firefighters from Eddyville, Kuttawa, and Princeton Fire Departments and Stinnett’s Wrecker Service working tirelessly to free those trapped inside the wreckage.”

They acknowledged that everyone played a vital role in handling the fatal crash and that the rescue was a team effort. The individual in the photo with Lucky expressed his humility and gratitude for being part of the team.