Iraq War veteran braves traffic, saves dog struck by car

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - For the second time in a week, an area resident has risked their life to run into traffic and save an animal.

Aaron Schneider, a U.S. Army veteran, crossed three lanes of traffic after he witnessed a dog -- now named Buster by his veterinarians -- get struck by a vehicle Tuesday on I-470 in Lee's Summit. Schneider called police, who referred him to animal control. Lee's Summit police said they never received a phone call at their 911 center.

Schneider said he waited by the dog's side for assistance from a friend, and eventually gained his trust, he said.

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Schneider said he was determined to save the 5-year-old dog survive after witnessing so much loss during his service overseas in the Iraq War.

"I'm just compassionate," he said. "I love animals, and to see an animal get hit, I'm going to do everything I can. Saving a life is saving a life. It doesn't matter if it's an animal or a human."

Buster is expected to make a full recovery, and Schneider has said he wants to take him home once the pooch is discharged.

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