Army veteran police officer saves life of dog with same name as fallen comrade

Illinois police officer Tyler Hoogerwerf (left), rescued dog Jake, and Jacob Lowell (right). (Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities/Tyler Hoogerwerf )

A Moline, Illinois police has caught the attention of the local news for an act of kindness that extended beyond his duties as a police officer.

On Sunday, Tyler Hoogerwerf responded to the scene of a dog being hit by a car after it ran into a street to chase a squirrel, according to KWQC.

The officer who is an Army airborne veteran saved the dog – who suffered from brain swelling and a fractured jaw – by immediately bringing him the Animal Emergency Center.

This handsome boy, Jake, ran after a squirrel and was hit by a car. His main trauma was to his head which caused brain…

Posted by Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hoogerwerf’s sister, Sarah Stone, says the rescued dog bears the same name as Hoogerwerf’s close friend who died while they were in a fierce battle in Afghanistan.  Jacob Lowell was KIA at the age of 22 in 2007 during a battle with enemy forces using RPG’s and small arms fire.

When Hoogerwerf learned the dog had the same name of Jake he felt even more compelled to help.

According to AEC veterinary technician Kyle Schmuck, Officer Hoogerwerf donated $300 of his own money toward to treatment of the Jake.

He even reportedly adopted a different dog from the shelter and named him “Jake” in honor of his fallen.

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