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Dog stays at crash scene to comfort dying owner
Published: Saturday, July 24, 2010, 11:31 PM Updated: Sunday, July 25, 2010, 12:37 AMDuring their four years together, a black Labrador named Bucky never strayed far from Barron Myers, his owner.
Bucky walked with Myers through their North Middleton Township neighborhood, followed him through the house in the evening and joined him for shopping trips and drive-in movies.
When Myers died in a vehicle crash near his home Friday night, Bucky was at his side. After Myers was pronounced dead, Bucky didn’t want to leave his master’s body and had to be coaxed from the car by a firefighter, officials and family said.
Terry Myers of Carlisle, Myers’ sister, said she wasn’t surprised.
"Bucky and Barron were inseparable," she said Saturday through tears. "Bucky was always by Barron’s side. Now Bucky is subdued and knows something is wrong."
Cumberland County Coroner Todd C. Eckenrode said that Barron Myers, 58, of Oriole Drive, was driving a minivan in the 1900 block of Spring Road when the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
He said that Myers’ vehicle left the road, overturned and struck a utility pole. Myers was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple injuries, Eckenrode said.
"His dog, who did not want to leave his master’s side, did survive the crash," Eckenrode said. "He was taken to a local veterinary hospital for treatment."
The road was closed for about seven hours while North Middleton Twp. police and the Cumberland County coroner’s office investigated and PPL crews repaired the utility pole and restored power.
Terry Myers said that based upon what people have told the family, "We believe Barron was alive a few seconds after the accident and that Bucky comforted him. Then Bucky wouldn’t leave Barron."
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