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Pit bull hailed as hero for saving deaf boy from fire

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS >>  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.

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4watitsworth wrote:
Awwww, I love these dog saves 'somebody' stories. So heartwarming. <3
on July 17,2014 | 07:44AM
Mypualani wrote:
I am glad the are all safe and sound! and no one died not even the cat this is a really good story!
on July 17,2014 | 09:06AM
yamaco wrote:
The dog did not wake the cat. This proves that dogs and cats don't get along.
on July 17,2014 | 09:53AM
thatsmyname wrote:
That is so funny but true.
on July 17,2014 | 11:35AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
There is nothing wrong with Pit Bulls it is the owners. What a good dog he needs a medal.
on July 17,2014 | 12:04PM
wahine wrote:
Truly Man's best friend...
on July 17,2014 | 01:58PM
richierich wrote:
What, a Pit Bull doing good? The Pitt Bull probably started the fire. Just kidding. Has anyone seen my meds?
on July 17,2014 | 05:16PM
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