In the US Army, Tyler Hoogerwerf served his country. Now, as a police officer, he serves the citizen of Moline, Illinois. And as animal lover, he also protects the four-legged population of his area.
On Sunday, March 6, Officer Hoogerwerf helped a dog that had been hit by a car while chasing after a truck, KWQC reported. The dog, named Jake, had injures to his head, and his owners weren’t able to afford veterinary care.
Hoogerwerf transported Jake to the Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities in nearby Iowa and donated $300 toward his medical bills.
While interviewing him about his kind act, KWQC uncovered another layer to the story. Hoogerwerf, an animal lover, has volunteered before to help animals—he pulled several cats off the porch of a burning animal shelter in 2011.
Also, according to his sister, Sarah Stone, Hoogerwerf was particularly moved by Jake’s name. While deployed together in Afghanistan, Hoogerwerf’s friend Jacob Lowell, also in the Army, was killed in an ambush in 2007. Hoogerwerf named his own dog Jake after Lowell, and was even more inspired to help the injured dog after learning his name was also Jake.