Good News After Tragedy

    One good deed at a time.

Girl Is Killed In Car Collision, What Cop Found Near Wreck Makes Him Drive 770 Miles
Tricia CunninghamSaturday, March 26, 2016

It only took one sentence and a huge heart for an Alabama police officer to make an extraordinary 770 mile journey.

    Sgt. Jonathon Whaley was the first on the scene of a deadly car accident. There were two victims inside the vehicle. McKenzie Amanda Grace Catron, 19, and a passenger named Jessica were enjoying spring break when their car ran off the road and struck a utility pole. Sadly, McKenzie was pronounced dead at the scene and her passenger suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken back and pelvis, but she survived. However, what Whaley found near the wreck was absolutely heartbreaking – McKenzie’s dog, Kai.

    When the car hit the utility pole, witnesses spotted the dog fleeing from the scene. When Whaley heard about the girl’s beloved dog, he immediately took matters into his own hands. “We felt we needed to find the dog,” Sgt. Whaley explained. “We were going to do whatever we needed to do to reunite this dog with this family.”

    Along with several other police officers, firemen, and hundreds of local volunteers, Sgt. Whaley searched the area for Kai. The search and rescue efforts were coordinated on a Facebook page called Help Find Kai. Thankfully, Benjamin Irwin, a lawyer from the local law firm Cherry & Irwin Trial Lawyers, put up $1,000 for a reward and was lucky enough to be the person to find the dog. It was then that the name of the Facebook page was changed to We Found Kai.

    “I just know if I were them I would want the last tangible thing of someone I loved,” Irwin explains. In addition, he announced that he was going to donate the reward money to the shelter where Kai was originally adopted.

    Once Kai was caught, Sgt. Whaley and his family drove 770 miles to Bentonville, Arkansas to return her to McKenzie’s family. When they arrived with the young girl’s dog, the family was amazed at the generosity shown by so many people, including Sgt. Whaley and his family. “For us, it was just a part of her,” McKenzie’s mother, Kendra Mulherin said. “And we found it. And now we can kind of start healing.”

It is amazing to see these generous and thoughtful people come together to do the right thing. God bless McKenzie’s family.


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