Bryan County EMS dog hit by truck that 'swerved toward him'

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- The Bryan County EMS station dog is recovering after he was hit by a truck Monday night, and the driver took off without stopping.

Gooch Toews is the loyal dog and companion to Bryan County EMS. He was dumped at the station about eight years ago and the first responders took him in as their mascot.

They said he is much more than a pet, he is family.

"He is the most popular person, or popular thing here," Bryan County EMS Deputy Director Brian Norton said.

"He takes care of us, comes in and he will kind of give you a hug after a tough call," Bryan County EMS Paramedic Nate Toews said.

Gooch got his last name from paramedic Nate Toews, who was there when they rescued him as a puppy.

"Once we made friends, he started hanging out with us, we started feeding him and he became part of the family," Toews said.

When they get called out, Gooch follows the ambulances out to the gate, waiting for them to come back.

Monday night, he was outside the gate and was hit.

"The car slowed down and then he gassed the truck and kind of swerved toward him and hit him and then drove off at a high rate of speed," Norton said.

Gooch's own family, the medics, ran out to help and took him to the vet.

"It was kind of hard to send back 'hey how is he?' cause you didn't want the response back that he was not there with us anymore," Norton said.

Gooch has a depression on his spine and swelling, but is expected to be okay.

These first responders said it's a miracle he wasn't killed.

"He still had tire marks and road rash and he was hit pretty good and to still be alive, shows how strong he is," Norton said.

Though he hasn't been able to walk since the accident, his family of medics are right by his side to help him recover, hoping to comfort their dog that has always been there to comfort them.

"I know it's kind of silly about a dog, but he does, he takes care of us as a family, hopefully we are able to contribute back to him what he's given to us," Toews said.