‘He saved two lives that day’: Driver hits then rescues dog on Highway 81

MADISON, Neb. -What could have been the scene of a tragic accident became an opportunity for kindness.

A dog, Dallas, escaped his home in Madison and ended up on Highway 81.

After being hit by a pickup truck, the driver pulled over to chase down Dallas and make sure he got help.

Dallas's owner, Luke Drozd, says the driver ran a quarter of a mile along the highway to the corner gas station.

"There are good people out there that do the right thing, and this guy did the right thing," said Drozd.

Drozd says the driver was in tears when he returned Dallas to him.

Dallas survived with just a few stitches and didn't break any bones, a result that Drozd is especially thankful for.

"I wouldn't be able to suffer a loss right now, it'd be too devastating," said Drozd.

Back home, things have been tough for Drozd. His wife is suffering from stage four lung cancer.

"I just want to call this guy a hero because he saved two lives that day," said Drozd.

Drozd posted on social media to try and track down the driver and say thank you.

"I don't know his name but I wish I did," said Drozd.

After receiving support from thousands of Nebraskans, Drozd says it's an example of what a tight-knit community is capable of.

"Nebraska came together like a family to help me out and help my family out and I appreciate that," Drozd said.

Drozd is asking for the community's help in finding the man who saved his dog.