Garden Plain man continues wife’s dog rescue legacy


GARDEN PLAIN, Kan. (KSN) — Sedgwick County Sheriff’s officials say a 17-year-old high school student was blinded by the sun when he accidentally hit and killed a woman walking along a rural road in Garden Plain.

The victim, 62-year-old Deborah Farrington, was well known in the community for her work with a dog rescue program.

KSN spoke with her grieving husband about his plan to continue his wife’s legacy.

The 62-year-old Cheney woman was killed Friday morning when a 17-year-old boy driving a Saturn hit Farrington southwest of Garden Plain.

Her husband, Curt Farrington, said his wife Debbie started K-9 Karma Dog Rescue six years ago.  He says she would have wanted him to continue the adoption process for the dogs despite Friday’s tragic incident.

Every month, the dog rescue organization showcases their animals at PetSmart in west Wichita, but this time it’s different.

“She would have loved this little guy. He’s a brand new one,” Farrington said.

It was about 7:30 Friday morning when Curt was getting ready for work and cleaning up the house. His wife left to go on  a walk, but Curt never thought it would be the last time he’d see his wife.

“It was a horrible, horrible shock. We were married 38 years,” said Farrington.

As one can imagine, Curt is devastated.

“Just that quick, life throws you a curve and it doesn’t end up the way you thought it was going to be,” said Farrington. “It hasn’t completely sunk in, but enough to know that life changed overnight and it happens.”

But with the help from family and friends, he’s able to stand strong.

“We hold each other up in our down times. This is probably the biggest test, I would say, of friendship with people. Nobody ever wants to have this test ever happen to them,” said Lifeline Animal Placement Protection adoption coordinator, Michelle Crouch.

You could probably say the love for rescuing dogs has kept a smile on his face.

“I’ve got a lot of friends around… Friends, the rest of the volunteers of the rescue, the other rescues here in town, and I have a lot of family,” Farrington said. “I have a lot of support, thank God, because it’s not been easy.”

Curt says a memorial will be dedicated for the dogs in memory of his wife. He doesn’t have a time frame, but it will be posted on their Facebook page and website.

Click here to view the K-9 Karma website.

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