Veteran's service dog found after wreck in Knoxville

Veteran's service dog found after wreck in Knoxville

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When Red showed up, Adolph Briggs was overcome with emotion. When Red showed up, Adolph Briggs was overcome with emotion.
Red was very glad to see Briggs and 6 News photographer John Miller. Red was very glad to see Briggs and 6 News photographer John Miller.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A veteran wrecked on Interstate 75 in Knoxville early Thursday morning, and his service dog was found several hours after jumping from the truck.

Adolph Briggs said his dog "Red," a two and a half year old chocolate Labrador retriever, jumped out the window around 3:00 a.m.

When Bridges looked back toward the window, he wrecked down an embankment on I-75 southbound near mile marker 110 in the Callahan Road area.

"I can deal with cancer with prayer and the good Lord, but when I thought I lost Red, I was really trying to figure how can I on without something that gave me that much joy," Briggs said.

Briggs stayed in the Knoxville area, hoping his dog would be found.

When 6 News photographer John Miller took Briggs back to the scene near the wreck several hours later, the dog popped his head up from a hiding place in the grass along the interstate.

The dog was so scared, he hesitated for a time before he came to Briggs.

"Red has a new uncle now," a grateful Briggs said of Miller.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Bridges has stage 3 cancer and was on his way from Ohio to Atlanta for chemotherapy treatment when he wrecked. He had to cancel his appointment.

Since he totaled his truck, his family came from Ohio to get him.

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