Morgan County sheriff’s Deputy Steve Hoffman was on a rural road near Centerton, Indiana, where he had just finished a routine traffic stop and turned to walk back to his car. Next to the road was a cornfield, filled this time of year with the detritus of last year’s crop… essentially stalks that rise out of the ground several inches and the expected furrows of each row.
But it wasn’t the cornstalks that caught Hoffman’s eye this night. It was, instead, a strange light emanating from the middle of the field; bouncing erratically across the ground and occasionally seeming to point right at him. Hoffman walked off the road and into the field to investigate this odd, flickering light.
What he found was certainly unusual:
Bill Burns, a diabetic, was lying unconscious on the ground. One of the dogs was lying across his chest, apparently trying to keep him warm. The other dog was sitting next his body with a flashlight in it’s mouth. Burns had been walking with the dogs when he collapsed. Hoffman noticed the bracelet warning of his diabetic condition, got Burns breathing again, and got him to the hosptial. He was released a few days later.
“It’s got to be just fate or faith, one or the other,” Burns said.
Hoffman said the dogs “definitely are the heroes in the story.”
“Had he not had the dogs with him that evening, I think the outcome would have been a lot worse,” Hoffman said.