“He pointed me in the right direction:” Dog leads officer to his owner, slumped over in chair

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GERMANTOWN (WITI) -- Thanks to man's best friend and some quick police work, a Germantown woman is alive.

Early Friday morning, February 13th, John Boy, a black labrador, was found running around the Autumn Ridge neighborhood off of County Line Rd. in Germantown.

"He stood there and barked a little bit, then I rolled down my window and called to him. Then he wagged his tail and got more friendly until I got out of my car. And then he ran a little bit," said Jeff Gonzalez of the Germantown Police Department.

John Boy had a plan for the officer.

"In a roundabout way, yeah, he sure did. He pointed me in the right direction," said Gonzalez.

John Boy led the officer up the street to a house where his owner, Krystal, was unresponsive -- slumped over in a chair outside her front door, still in her pajamas.

"To be honest with you, I thought she was dead. And when I went up, she was very cold to the touch; her lips were blue. But I was able to determine she was breathing and had a pulse. I called for assistance and my partner was close. So together we got her in the house," said Gonzalez.

Minutes later, Krystal's daughter and sister received the emotional call.

"Basically what he told me was, he said that they thought that she was dead. So it's hard," said Tianne Wendt, Krystal's daughter.

But thanks to John Boy's loyalty, the daughter's tears are tears of joy.

Krystal does have a heart condition. She remains in the hospital where doctors are running tests. But her daughter tells FOX6 News she's stable and looking forward to meeting Officer Gonzalez when she gets home.

As for John Boy, he was adopted and returned three times by different families before ending up at Krystal's home. Her daughter says it was meant to be.


  • tess

    Good job Jeff, thanks for looking out for the dogs best interest and following him when he took off . which led to Krystal , more police officers should be like you.

    • lauryn gonzalez

      He’s my uncle😊 I’m am thankful that he followed that dog and saved a women’s life he is honestly my hero😄 I love him so much. Thanks guys for all these wonderful comments are make sure he sees them😊👮

  • Lorett

    Great police officer. Thank You for your service! The dog is super sweet and how smart to come up with a plan to save his owner.

  • Mr. Bob

    Officer Gonzalez show us the most fundamental trait someone needs to have to be a Police Officer, concern for those people and animals that he protects. Many people probably wouldn’t have been too concerned about a dog on the loose. His desire to check on the welfare of that lab led him to discovering the lady who would surely have died without his assistance. You are an excellent Police Officer Jeff Gonzalez, and the people of Germantown are fortunate to have you patrolling their Village. Thank you for all that you do each and every day!!!

  • barton

    Gotta say it,thanks to the officer, there are many out there that would have just had the dog picked up and this would not have been a feel good story.
    To all you cat people
    BOOYAA!! Dogs rule

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