Retired police dog leads firefighters to children trapped in burning home

A retired police dog is being hailed as a hero after he saved two kids from a blazing home.

Maxx, a former K-9 dog, led the firefighters through heavy smoke to the kids that were trapped inside their burning home. According to the Reshareworthy, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says that the German Shepherd Dog helped firefighters find a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl Monday night after a huge fire broke out in the family home in Longwood, Florida.

“We were outside with my telescope, looking at Jupiter with my next door neighbor,” neighbor Chip Dover told TODAY Parents. “We were getting ready to come in when we heard a big explosion, and the house just blew up. We ran over there immediately and it was burning like crazy, and then we realized the family was still inside.”

Neighbors called 911 after they heard an explosion and some of them managed to pulled out the mother of the children.

“One of the neighbors saw an occupant in one of the rooms and picked up a table and smashed through the window, all the windows acutally, and pulled the woman to safety,” Seminole Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma told News 13.

“Her primary concern was to get back in there and to rescue her children,” Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma told WFTV9 News. “She’s an absolute trooper. She’s a hero within our organization and her actions tonight demonstrate that behavior. We’re very proud of her.”

When the firefighters arrived, the woman’s four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter were still inside, along with Maxx. But thanks to the heroic dog, who led firefighters through the smothering smoke to the children’s bedroom, all of them are unharmed and healthy now.

“Maxx, the family dog, is credited with assisting firefighters through the heavy smoke to the location of each of the two children,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the family.

“We are grateful to the neighbors who jumped into action, and we especially thank the firefighters who selflessly entered the burning structure and risked their lives for the Feaser family,” said Sheriff Don Eslinger.

“There is a long road of recovery and rebuilding ahead, but our Sheriff’s Office family will be with Margo and her family every step of the way. We know our community is behind them too, and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support the family has received.”

Good job, Maxx!


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