Hometown Hero--Cpl. Randall Powell

Cpl. Randall Powell and Baby Dill Pickle.
Cpl. Randall Powell and Baby Dill Pickle.

It's hard to believe someone would leave their child or pet inside a hot car, but it happens all the time. Recently, a Savannah police officer saved a pup who was minutes away from dying.

By now you have probably heard the story of Baby Dill Pickle, a 17-month-old Bassett hound that was left locked in a parked car. It was a hot afternoon. Temperatures were in the low '90s, while inside the car it was more than 150 degrees.

A passerby saw the dog and called the police. Cpl. Randall Powell answered the call. "The dog was definitely in distress," he recalled. "I went and got a slim jim and was able to get the door open and get the dog out of the vehicle."

Cpl. Powell, who is also a dog owner, normally works traffic, but on this day he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

"It always makes a person feel good to accomplish something in order to save a life," he said. "I don't look at myself as a hero, I was just doing my job."

While Cpl. Powell does not consider himself a hero, the veterinarian who treated the injured dog has a different view.

"He knew that the dog was in distress," said Dr. Michele Trammell. "He knew that the dog needed to immediately be removed from that vehicle to survive. "And as soon as he got the dog out he had the foresight to run it immediately into our hospital. He had already had cold water ready to pour on the dog. He just went above and beyond in my mind what anyone would be expected to do."

For stepping up and taking charge to save the life of this helpless puppy, Cpl. Randall Powell is this week's Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com