Veteran Loses Everything In Crash

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

September 13, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--"I loved him a lot, he was my best friend, I don't know what happen to him," said Daniel Szymanski, a car accident survivor.

Daniel Szymanski is talking about his dog's reaction during an early morning crash Tuesday. Szymanski and his dog where moving to Lake City, Florida when a semi collided with his Penske truck. He lost everything he owned.

"When I woke up I was unconscious, my dog was biting me, its unlike him because he was always a good dog he made me laugh all the time," said Szymanski.

The dog is still at the vet getting treated for injuries. Szymanski served in Vietnam. Now he's recovering from his injuries at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

"This man has given so much to this country, has given so much in ensuring our freedom and we need to do everything we can to take care of those who have taken care of us," said James McQuiag, from the Leon County Sheriffs Office.

LSCO started a wounded veterans fund to pay for his vet bill and try to help him with any financial assistance. LCSO says it may not be able to give him back everything he lost, but it can get him back on his feet.

"I am shocked why would anybody be interested in me," said Szymanski. "For years I couldn't get a job, no one would even hire me or take a chance on me, so all these years later, it just doesn't make any sense."

For more information on how you can contribute to the fund, contact the sheriffs office at (850) 922-3300

The sheriffs office says it only accepts gift cards or monetary donations.

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