“We sat there until the medics arrived ... and helped them as much as we could. [The medics] got him out and taken care of and then we had to take care of poor Swigs.”
Garland said it wasn’t long before he received a call saying Alexander had passed. He said later on, a veterinarian arrived at the scene and euthanized Swigs.
It is still hard for Garland to think back on the emotional events of that evening and his podnuh’s passing.
With tears in his voice, he ushered up the strength to speak on behalf of the family.
“There’s a lot of people in this town that knew [Alexander] and loved him,” he said. “I believe I speak for all friends and family in saying that we will miss Alton, he was taken from us too soon, but we’re all glad that he went out with his boots and spurs on, on his horse and he took his horse with him. And we all believe that him and Swigs are riding greener pastures.”
Garland said he wanted readers to know that Alexander’s dog will be taken care of and that when people see him, to still wave or bring him a biscuit. He added that Alexander’s wife and ex-wife, as well as his five daughters and two grandchildren each received a lock of hair from Swigs’ tail in memory of the horseman and his steed.
Morado, also known as “Flacco,” is being held on bond for a total of $82,500 in Palo Pinto County Jail.
A funeral service for Alexander will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.
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