Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Man hurt trying to save brother’s dog

- Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1953 or on Facebook.

“Acts of heroism happen every day. You just hope that you never have to see one that ends in tragedy. ... This is a story of love, commitment and the risk Brent took to save his four-legged friend,” the brothers wrote on their crowdfundi­ng page.

Remnar, 8, “was just the sweetest dog. She loved life,” Christian said.

She accompanie­d Andrew on frequent fly-fishing trips and enjoyed outdoor adventures with her canine and human pack of brothers.

Andrew adopted Remnar when she was 18 months old after her owner died of cancer. The Torchios were told that she served that women as a kind of service dog without training or certificat­ion, “providing comfort and compassion.”

Brent is a 2012 graduate of Cathedral Preparator­y School in Erie, where he played on the baseball and hockey teams. He and his brothers have family and inlaws in Erie, Philadelph­ia and Pittsburgh.

Checks made out to Christian Torchio for Brent’s recovery can be mailed to 61083 Bucketshot, Bend, OR 97702.

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