Literally nothing on earth can separate these two.

Anyone who owns a dog knows that there’s not much that you wouldn’t do for your furry best friend. You feed him, play with him, snuggle him, and take him for walkies.

And, if you happen to be police officer Joel Nitchman, you battle your way through a raging tornado to save him.

What Happened When a Tornado Struck

Nitchman and his narcotics K-9 partner Roni are more than just work colleagues and best friends — they’re family.

“I love that dog. He’s my hip attachment every day of the week. He’s a part of our family,” Nitchman told KHOU-11 News.

So last month, when Roni suddenly found himself trapped in the path of a powerful storm, his human didn’t even pause to think. He just flew into action, putting his own life on the line to rescue that of his dog.

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The tornado, which ripped through their hometown of Deer Park, Texas, was no joke. It tore off roofs, downed power lines, and even flipped cars, semi-trucks, and a train. But it was no match for Officer Nitchman.

Nitchman told KHOU-11 that the pair had just came back to the police station from training when the wind really started picking up. At the time, Roni was still in his kennel in the squad car. Within moments, the tornado was upon them.

“The thought of debris or the car flipping over. I couldn’t do that to him. I couldn’t have him out there during that.” Nitchman made his move.

Fighting his way through intense winds, flying debris, and pelting rain, and despite near-zero visibility, Nitchman managed to reach the patrol car. But things were about to get worse.

The Daring Doggy Rescue Caught on Tape


The wind was so strong, Nitchman was barely able to open the car door. Roni initally refused to come out.

“I could barely open the door. When I did…he’s a smart dog. He saw what was going on outside and he’s like, ‘I’m not coming out,'” Nitchman told KHOU.

Luckily, he managed to coax the dog outside and the two ran to safety.

Roni’s wild rescue was all caught on the police station’s surveillance camera. Since being made public, the video has made its rounds on social media, going viral. While people are praising Nitchman for his bravery, he says he just did what anyone would have done for a loved one, and he’d do it again…”in a heartbeat.”

The bond between police officers and their K-9 partners is a special one, built on trust, loyalty, and a shared commitment to keeping their communities safe. Officer Nitchman’s willingness to put himself in harm’s way to save Roni is a testament to the strength of that bond, and to the bravery and selflessness that law enforcement officers show each and every day.


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