TANEY COUNTY, Mo — Jack, the 12 year old Labrador mix, stole the heart of the Ozarks back in May.
Rescuers pulled him from a culvert in Central Taney County after he had done missing 10 days prior.
“I remember seeing an ol’ worn out dog that was just about ready to give up,” described Brian Chaney. He’s a volunteer with the Central Taney County Fire Protection District. “He had been in there a long time, and we decided we were going to get him out.”
As rescue crews chipped away, I can only imagine how far-fetched Jack’s story seemed below.
Ruff days are no more. Jack chooses to stay close to safety nowadays.
“It’s hard to imagine someone that doesn’t want to take part in that. That they would just drive by and let him pass.”
“I’m not going to stand there and let him suffer.”
When Brian Chaney isn’t volunteering at the fire station, his full-time passion is at a cattle farm. It should come at no surprise then, that Jack isn’t the 1st animal he’s rescued.
You might remember in April 2017 when a bald eagle got hung-up on some fishing line. Yeah. That’s Bryan up in that tree.
A symbol. A true American hero.
“He will do anything in the world for anybody, and that’s why most of the folks in this area know to call him,” said Jeff Romines, Central Taney County Fire Protection District Training Officer.
Even still, Brian is one of the most humble humans you’ll meet.
“I don’t want to take all of the credit for that because I would do that for anybody, any pet, or any animal,” he said.
“I don’t want to take sole responsibility for doing things like that. It is definitely a team effort.”