Many people from all over the United States are mourning the loss of Jeff Nix, a man they likely never met in person. Nix is widely known for rescuing, re-homing and treating boxer dogs in need.
"If they were 20 hours away, he would go and get them. He would drive all night to get them out of bad situations," daughter Aspyn Nix said.
Nix is originally from Wichita but lived in Scott City with his wife, Michelle and children, Aspyn and Jeffrey.
Since July 2017, Nix has made it a personal mission to save boxer dogs in need. Nix covered vet bills and shots with the family's own money, saving an estimated 100 dogs.
To show them they were safe, Nix would treat all boxers he rescued to a cheeseburger from McDonalds, no onion, in what is now lovingly dubbed the "Nix freedom burger."
"He went and found a McDonalds wherever he was," wife Michelle Nix said.
According to family, Nix was returning from Lamar, Colo. on Saturday when he was killed in a car accident on Highway 96 near Towner, Colo. Nix had been delivering a rescued puppy to a family. No dogs were with Nix at the time of the wreck.
"He was truly doing what he loved," Michelle said.
His family plans to continue his rescue efforts on a smaller scale.
Nix is being remembered for his brutal honesty, kind heart and willingness to go anywhere at any time to help with a rescue.
"He never said 'I'd help if I was closer,' he never turned away a senior or a sick dog that might be be expensive to rehab. He just saw a need and made it happen. Nights, weekends, hours in the car all to help some abandoned, or abused unwanted boxer wherever it was," Kathy Drexler commented.