Fallen Soldier’s Family Brings His Dog Home From Iraq Before Snapping One Incredible Photo

Dogs have the power to provide us with companionship and comfort when we need it most. That’s just one of the reasons why many people think of them as members of their own family; their happy-go-lucky natures bring a sort of unrivaled joy to their homes.

Joy is not easy to come by in a war zone, however—nor, one would assume, are puppies. Yet that’s exactly what soldier Justin Rollins experienced when he and his comrades discovered a number of puppies while serving in Sāmarrā, Iraq.

Unfortunately, Justin’s time with his favorite puppy would not last long. Yet his new furry friend would soon achieve internet fame for the most beautifully bittersweet reason…

Justin Rollins was an Army specialist with the 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers stationed in Sāmarrā, Iraq. While there, he and his comrades befriended a group of stray puppies who had been living under the latrines at their base.

Tragically, at just 22 years of age, Justin was killed by a roadside bomb. However, he had posed for some photographs with the puppies the night before his death, and one of those photos made it home to his mother. Understandably, she couldn’t help but feel moved.


After her son’s death, Justin’s mother sought out the dog he was holding in his last picture—a little female puppy named Hero. She wanted to bring home the last living thing her son touched before he passed. But finding this puppy would be no easy task…

It’s extremely difficult to adopt dogs from combat zones, but word about the family’s efforts quickly spread—and they were able to track down the dog. Finally, they could bring Hero to her new forever home in Newport, New Hampshire! That’s when something incredible would happen…

One gray and overcast day, a local news crew was filming an interview with Justin’s family when they caught sight of something amazing outside, causing them to immediately redirect their cameras. There was Hero, standing on the edge of the deck, watching them—as a beam of light began to shine down directly on her. Was Justin looking down on Hero from somewhere else?

Many people online have expressed their theories regarding that beam of light. Some believe that it was just a trick of the light, while others say that it truly may have been divine. Either way, there’s no denying how much Hero belongs with Justin’s family…


Not surprisingly, photographs of beams of light shining down onto particular, meaningful objects and people are not uncommon, and they always seem to cause a stir. Just take what happened in Gainesville, Georgia, for example…

Georgia residents Hannah Simmons, her nine-month-old daughter A’lannah, and her best friend Lauren Buteau had been out for a drive one sunny afternoon when Hannah lost control of her vehicle and crashed into oncoming traffic. Tragically, all three passed away in the accident.

Their families were devastated by the incident, but little did they know, a glimmer of hope would soon make its way into their lives.


Anisa Gannon, another resident of Gainesville, was on her way to work when she got caught in the traffic jam that Hannah’s horrific crash had caused. She took a picture to prove to her boss that there was an accident just in case she showed up late. However, she wasn’t prepared for what her camera lens was about to reveal…

Anisa was blown away by what she saw suddenly appear in the photo. There was an unmistakable beam of light shining from the sky directly down onto the fatal scene. You can see the amazing conclusion to this story here!

Regardless of your interpretation, it’s almost impossible not to draw some meaning from the striking image of Hero and this car crash in their respective beams of light. What beautiful, bittersweet moments!

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