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Friday, November 25, 2011

Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog

This is a very heartwarming and inspiring story.  God Bless our military and their families.  We will be forever indebted to them for all of their sacrifices.

Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog

(Kimberly Launier/ABC News)
It was an overcast day in Newport, N.H., when a simple “20/20″ shoot turned into something that made me wonder about life after death.
I was filming soldier Justin Rollin’s parents Skip and Rhonda playing with their dog Hero, whose rescue from the Iraq War zone where Justin died was nothing short of a miracle.
Sometimes when Rhonda hugged Hero she would softly pet her face and coo, “Justin, are you in there?”  It was Rhonda’s gentle way of remembering their son and his last living connection to Hero. At one point, Hero wandered off and took a stroll in the backyard. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and a light began to solidify in a beam directly down on Hero — a kind of vertical halo.
As this dramatic ray of light was shining on Hero she turned to look at me, and it was all I could do to hold the camera steady and not drop it in astonishment. It was an unforgettable moment, and made me wonder if in fact Justin was in there. Then the light vanished.
I couldn’t wait to check my camera’s playback to see if it caught the stunning beam. When I saw that it did, I was so happy that I burst out dancing. It was a great moment to share with Justin’s parents. We all laughed together, and wondered if perhaps this had been a sign from Justin.
Watch the full story Friday on “20/20″ at 10 p.m. ET and read more about Hero and Justin here.

Bringing Hero Home: Soldier's Puppy Gives Hope to Grieving Family

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Don't let the sweet face fool you.
The dog with a big grin and eye patches of chocolate fur may have one of the most incredible tales you'll hear this Thanksgiving. It is the stuff of legends.
Her story begins in a faraway land, but the story of the man who saved her starts in the small town of Newport, New Hampshire, where leaves burn up the sky in the colors of rubies and fire. And "Live Free or Die" is more than a saying.
Justin Rollins became a soldier when he found courage in war. He became a man when he found strength in love. And his family found its destiny when they realized faith doesn't have to end -- even when a life does.
Brittney Murray remembers the first time she saw Justin Rollins in an economics class.
"It's this gaze, and when he looks back at you, you kind of get sucked in."
It was love at first sight, but Justin was a high school senior, Brittney, a freshman.
"Mom and dad didn't like that much," Brittney said of their age difference. 
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