See How An Amazon Driver Saved A Dog
When he saw the dog struggling to stay afloat, he jumped into action.
John Cassabria didn't plan on saving a life when he was out delivering packages for Amazon on a hot and humid afternoon last month in Woburn, Massachusetts. But, as luck (or fate) would have it, that's exactly what happened.
The 24-year-old was making his rounds in his delivery van when he realized he had made a wrong turn. When he pulled over to adjust his GPS, he heard a strange noise coming from a nearby resident's back yard.
"I've never heard anything like that in my life," Cassabria told CNN. "I actually heard it over the reversing beep of my van."
When he went to investigate, he came to a fence. After he glanced over the fence, he quickly realized the noise was coming from a neighbor's swimming pool.
"I saw a dog -- the dog being Luka-- barely standing in the pool,'" Cassabria said. "My heart sank as if I was watching an ASPCA commercial from 2005 when they played Sarah McLachlan's 'Angel."
John Cassabria, who's a dog lover himself, didn't hesitate to jump into the pool to rescue Luka. Amazon/Facebook
Cassabria, who has four dogs, four cats and a pet snake of his own, didn't hesitate to jump over the fence, rush to the pool and jump in to save the pooch, who was struggling to keep his head above the water.
"I dove into the pool with my shoes, wallet, car keys-- the whole nine," he said. "And I swam with him (Luka) in my arms the best I could hold him from the midway point of the pool to the shallow end and hoisted him and myself out of the pool."
After getting himself and the dog to safety, Cassabria immediately called the local police department. He spoke with the animal control officer who happened to live nearby and knew the dog's owners.
The dog's owners said Luka has problems with his hind legs, so he's not the best swimmer. Amazon/Facebook
The officer contacted Luka's family, who had just settled into their vacation at Cape Cod. They had a neighbor coming by to dog sit, but between the time they left and the dog sitter arrived, Luka fell into the pool.
"I was enjoying my first cocktail at The Cape when my husband's phone rang," Julie Caldwell, Luka's 'mom,' said. "It was the Woburn Police number."
She said Luka, who's a senior dog at 14-years-old, never goes near the pool, and that they typically just leave the doggy door open for him to use the bathroom and come back inside.
The Caldwells were astonished that the dog had gotten over the gate and into the pool. Julie Martini-Caldwell/Facebook
So, when the officer told her what happened, she was shocked.
"I dropped the phone. I just started crying and I dropped the phone," Caldwell recalled. "I couldn't even talk."
After thanking Cassabria for what he did to save Luka, she wrote a letter to Amazon to make sure they know what a stellar employee they have.
"I can't thank him enough," Caldwell wrote. "Words cannot express how grateful we are to him. In fact, I have tears in my eyes as I write this email. Luka is doing fine thanks to your wonderful and courageous employee."
Cassabria doesn't consider himself a hero. He says he was just "in the right place, at the right time." Amazon/Facebook
As for Cassabria, he says he was just in the right place, at the right time.
"I know a lot of people have been using the word 'heroic' and 'hero,' and maybe it's me being modest, but a month later, I still don't see myself as a hero," he said. "I see myself as a person who did what any dog owner would have done."
We love stories of humans going above and beyond to help our furry companions! Kudos to Cassabria for acting quickly to save the dog's life. We're sure Luka's owners will be forever grateful to him for saving their beloved pet!