Man in scary I-17 crash last week reunited with service dog

A man was reunited with his dog after a collision involving metal sheets that impaled his windshield. He describes what happened and how he survived.

PHOENIX - There's nothing like the bond a dog shares with its human, especially service dogs.

Philip Roklen and his 4-year-old German Shepherd went through a harrowing experience last Thursday when metal crashed through the windshield of Roklen's truck while he was driving on I-17.

First responders took Roklen to the hospital and his dog Jessie went to the Arizona Humane Society as part of its emergency service program. The humane society provides a safe place for pets to stay when their owners are in the hospital.

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Wednesday, Roklen and Jessie were reunited, and they couldn't have been more excited.

Roklen credited Jessie's presence in the car with keeping him safe in the crash.

"Jessie saved my life," he said, according to the Arizona Humane Society, "and if I hadn't leaned over a few inches to brace Jessie for impact, the metal rod would've gone straight through my face instead of brushing my ear."

After such a scary encounter, the pair is happy to be back together.

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