“Miracle Dog” Rescued from Wreck that Killed his Owner. Dog Transported by Ambulance to Vet Hospital.

Here is a story you don’t hear of every day.

Timothy Gerald died in a vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in York Maine. Paramedics determined that Gerald, 48, was deceased and there was nothing they could do for him. Gerald’s dog, Jakey, was also in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. Crews extricated Jakey from the wreck and transported him to the emergency veterinarian for care. The medics were also able to treat Jakey with IV and oxygen therapy due to blood loss from a bad laceration.

Jakey, a 9-year-old golden retriever, is recovering after surgery following an accident that killed his owner. Jenn Hilton of York, seen in back, is the niece of the driver who died, 48-year-old Timothy Gerald.

Paramedics were sure that there was coverage in the area while they transported Jakey to the emergency vet.

Due to Gerald’s untimely death, the family is seeking help in paying for Jakey’s emergency vet bills.


A lot of the firefighters went to school with Gerald or knew him because he was related to a volunteer firefighter, according to York Village Fire Chief Chris Balentine.

“A lot of guys knew who he was,” which made responding to the accident that much harder, said Balentine, who was at the scene.

Gerald’s niece, Jenn Hilton of York, said she is married to volunteer firefighter Nick Hilton.

A fund has been set up here

Read more about the wreck on SeaCoastOnline.com

What do you think? Would you have transported the dog? Would you have done something different?