It is true you never replace someone you love. Over time you feel less pain – but that’s just because your heart has grown bigger. This is the story of the Rollins family who lost their son in service of the US in Iraq during 2007. Having acquired a young puppy that was with their son during the last days of his life – and aptly named him Hero – his journey half way around the world to America would already be an amazing tale. Yet, this was just the beginning.

When filming a story on the Rollins family, ABC news caught a beam of light from the clouds – on an otherwise gloomy day – shining on Hero. Was it a heavenly sign? Was it just actually just sunshine? You need decide. But it undoubtedly makes this video a must see.