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A Great Human Interest Story

John Campbell

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Staff member
#1
Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.

Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began Wednesday.

"My dog licked my face and woke me up," Lamb said. "I was like, 'Stop it! What? You want to be fed?' I thought he wanted to be fed or go outside."

Ace didn't stop licking Nick until the teen got up, too. That's when he realized the house was full of smoke.

"I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. ... My dog Ace smelled it," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."

Without his shoes but with Ace by his side, he covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt darted out the back door, grabbing one of his implants along the way.

He then called his mother and 911.

Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, credited Ace with saving her son from injury.

"It's amazing, because if he wouldn't have been there, he probably wouldn't have even woke up," Bernard said.

Lamb, who was born deaf, told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone and that he had returned from summer camp just three days earlier.

Firefighters found the family's cat, "Pixie," inside the home. She was taken to a vet for smoke inhalation and was expected to recover.

Damage to the home was estimated at $175,000.

Reference Article on AP: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268786/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=05gz0B2P
 

WitchyWoman

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#2
And, what makes the story even better is that the dog was a pit bull. Yanno, one of those always vicious killer dogs that animal terrorist organizations want to ban.
 

Rafiki

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#6
My sis-in-law's best friend had a pit named Girlfriend. She was so stinking sweet. Very protective of the kids but a sweetheart thru and thru. The dog in this story lived up to the original "nanny dog" name that pit bulls were originally referred to.
 

Kristin

Animal Communicator
#7
If we get pitty looking dogs in shelters they label them as "terrier x" so I might still be able to get one...but I would like to get a pup for training with the cats and birds. I love their loyalty, and of course their look.