The horse tried to avoid the girl, jumping over her - but a back leg caught 3-year-old Brooklynn in the face.
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To add to the stressful situation, they have since learned that the tour guide was unlicensed and operating illegally.
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The two policemen have since been recognized for their heroics, and the day after the incident each received a special award.
For his heroics, he will be receiving a life-saving award - but perhaps the best reward is that the parents have their child back healthy.
The smoke was so thick she couldn't see anything, but her three canine guardian angels made sure she got out.
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Colella maintained that he hadn't been speeding, and explained he'd been taking his handicapped son, who had cancer, to get bloodwork done.
In a matter of less than two hours, they went from spending a nice morning outdoors to saying an unexpected goodbye.
'It was a little windy but I never thought in a million years we would be drug out so fast and so far,' Spence said.
Because of how serious the injuries were, the owners will have to go through a court process to determine the fate of their dogs.
Tetteh knew what that scholarship money could mean to someone who had the drive and the ability, but struggled with the means.