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Falcon High brings in support dogs, students mourn loss of Michael Finley

Falcon High brings in support dogs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Falcon High School brought in therapy support dogs Monday to help students cope with the loss of their classmate Michael Finley.

Finley was the 18-year-old killed in last Friday's car accident.

It happened in the intersection of Woodmen and Golden Sage Rd. when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver named, Michael Fay, who police say was evaluated for a DUI.

Finley was an avid member of student council, a varsity athlete, and a loving son and brother.

"Michael was very kind hearted and he always put other people first no matter what," said Sydnie Hudson.

Friends and loved ones said coming back to school has been extremely difficult.

"This week yeah it's going to be tough, he was such a nice guy, it's going to be tough," said Kyle Wills.

A team from the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response, an all volunteer non-profit organization, was asked to come in to provide support to students. 

The team consisted of two therapy dogs named: Lani and Sarah to help heal.

"They don't judge, they don't talk, they don't ask questions, they're just there to love on people," said Karen Klein, a response center representative. 

Klein's partner, Sandy Miller, said the dogs can make a difference right away.

"Sometimes you see it immediately, right as the tears are coming down their face," said Miller.

Their hope is to support these students with this tragedy in their lives.

"He was always somebody who would try and brighten your day," said Hudson.

Finley was just weeks away from graduation.


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