BY JETSKE WAURAN, KMEG
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CIRCA via KMEG) — Whether he's filling pot holes or pushing snow off a street, one city worker always has a partner by his side. One who has his back.
On any given day, you can find Sean Jackson at the Sioux City Field Services Department on 18th Street.
He works long hours as an equipment operator. But you won't find him alone.
Whether Jackson's out plowing, filling a pothole or doing any other day-to-day activity, his four-legged best friend is always by his side: Four Runner, an English Labrador.
"There's so many things to love about him. He works his work. Never stops for him," said Jackson.
Four Runner is specially trained to be an emotional support dog.
He's just what Jackson needs. Because Jackson, who has served in the U.S. Army for the past 16 years and served five tours in Iraq and Kuwait, deals with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
"I've woken up at night, and he's standing on my chest because I was having a nightmare," Jackson said. "He'll get me to take him outside."
Jackson says, ever since Four Runner came to his life in October 2017, life has only gotten better.
"He's truly just an amazing dog," Jackson said. "I love everything about him."
It was all thanks to Puppy Jake Foundation, a nonprofit based in Des Moines that helps American veterans with disabilities by providing "well-bred, professionally trained and socialized service dogs, like Four Runner, to members of the Armed Forces who need assistance in their lives back home."
"And these people take in these dogs as puppies, and they take them to the training that Puppy Jake provides," Jackson said. "And they train them on their own, and they go everywhere with them during their daily lives for two years, and they give that dog up to a veteran."
If you or a veteran you know is in need of this kind of assistance, click here.
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