AN AMERICAN truck driver will be forever grateful to a Yavapai Sheriff's Office volunteer who saved the life of his dog. 

Dashcam footage shows a Volunteer in Protection (the Patrol VIP is out in the field assisting deputies in various aspects of their patrol duties including transporting prisoners, assisting motorists, traffic control, crime scene security etc), who was pulling out of a gas station and waiting for a truck to pull back on the road, noticed a small dog tied to the corner of the back trailer running furiously to keep up with the quickening big rig.

The truck was getting ready to head out on to the highway, so the volunteer thought quickly, leaning on his horn and turning on his lights and sirens to get the driver's attention. 

"A very grateful owner retrieved his pet and expressed deep appreciation for the VIP's efforts," Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. 

"The driver was simply distracted and headed towards the interstate forgetting to unleash his dog. No charges are being sought. Thanks to the work these dedicated volunteers do day in and day out and for the actions of this VIP to save this dog." 

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