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Dog Rescued In Iraq Returns To Fallen Soldier's Family, Beam Of Light Shines Down

First Posted: 11/28/11 04:10 PM ET Updated: 12/28/11 03:26 PM ET

Hero Dog

The night before Justin Rollins was killed by a roadside bomb, he completed one final heroic act while serving in Iraq. He saved an abandoned puppy, ABC reports.

The Army fulfilled the Rollins' request to bring the dog home from the war zone, so that they could hold onto a living piece of their fallen son. They named him Hero.

While visiting the family in Newport, N.H., ABC reporter Kimberly Launier watched and photographed the pooch as he trotted out to the backyard and a beam of light shined down on him, creating a "vertical halo."

"It was an unforgettable moment," Launier wrote on her blog, "and made me wonder if in fact Justin was in there."

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