In Portage Park, Illinois, a 4-year-old Labrador-Terrier mix dog ran back into a burning house to save her owner’s father on early Tuesday morning.
Sara Domaradzka and her dog Bambi had just escaped from the house fire when the worried dog wiggled out of her owner’s arms and charged back into the burning home. Sara’s 63-year-old father, Piotr, was trapped in the house.
Alessandro Mininni, Sara’s boyfriend, said both Bambi and Piotr were then trapped inside.
When the fire department arrived and first brought Piotr out to safety.
Everyone was relieved when Fire Lt. Gilbert Acevedo emerged from the burning house with Bambi in his hands.
The hero dog was struggling to breathe and her legs were stiff.
“It looked limp,” firefighter Mike Strachan told the Chicago Tribune.
Strachan grabbed Bambi from Acevedo and carried her up to the back of Engine 94, where he put a small air mask over her face.
“I knew it had a heartbeat,” Strachan said. “I could feel it on my arm.”
Bambi’s eyes opened wide and her tail started wagging.
“Mike, you see that the tail’s moving? Rub the chest a little,” Mark Andrade, the engineer, told Strachan.
Bambi was taken to an animal hospital and is in a stable condition.
Mininni said Sara’s father was found underneath a bed in the home, and Bambi was found near him. The dog and Piotr had developed a very close bondover the last few years.
Piotr remains in the hospital in serious condition.
Bambi still has remaining health issues as a result of the smoke inhalation, but is expected to recover fully.