Family pet saves local teenager

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Published July 24, 2014

By David Tuma, Journal reporter

It didn’t take long for the new Morgan’s Point Resort fire truck to be tested. Last Thursday the truck was used to put out a fire at a residence. A teenager was asleep at the home, and a barking dog woke him up around 8 a.m. Both parents were at work.
A neighbor busted out a window to get the young boy out of the house. The dog collapsed near the front door. Two fire fighters went inside and brought the dog out. They checked his pulse and he was still alive. The Scott and White EMS used oxygen to revive the animal, which survived.
“The kid made it and the dog,” said MPR Fire Chief Billy Richards. “One of the local vets checked the dog out on the scene, and he seems to be doing okay. It was a family dog and probably even more so now.”
The department arrived on the scene at 8:22 a.m. with two trucks and 14 firefighters. They received the call at 8:16 a.m. With MPR having mostly volunteers and Thursday being a weekday, the response time was quick.
“The fire started at the garage and was contained there. The home wasn’t destroyed, but there was extensive smoke damage,” said Richards. “The parents were notified, and they came to the house. The son made it out okay. You can replace a house but you can’t replace a child.”