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Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire

Posted July 17

This photo provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department shows Ace, a pit bull, resting outside the home of Lindsay and James Bernard of Indianapolis after the home caught fire on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Firefighters credited the dog with saving the life of the couple's deaf son, Nick Lamb, 13, by licking the boy's face until he woke up. No one else was home at the time. Neither the boy nor the dog was injured. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department, Rita Reith)

— 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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  • AliceBToklas Jul 17, 5:16 p.m.

    Nice to see a pit in the news for doing something good.

    — Posted by Damien Thorned

    I was thinking the same thing. Just wonderful.

  • xylem01 Jul 17, 2:44 p.m.

    Glad the boy, dog and cat are all OK. Ice cream, steak, and tuna, respectively, for dinner!

    — Posted by 50s Child

    With second servings, of course!

  • savannahn8v Jul 17, 1:37 p.m.

    Love it!

  • jscott13 Jul 17, 1:14 p.m.

    To all of you pit bull critics...read this...again and again. Love this dog!!

  • fifefan4life Jul 17, 12:51 p.m.

    Nice to see a pit in the news for doing something good.

    — Posted by Damien Thorned

    I agree! Pits are great dogs!

  • beas Jul 17, 12:48 p.m.

    Nice to see a pit in the news for doing something good.

    — Posted by Damien Thorned

    YES!

  • 50s Child Jul 17, 12:36 p.m.

    Glad the boy, dog and cat are all OK. Ice cream, steak, and tuna, respectively, for dinner!

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 17, 12:34 p.m.

    Good boy, Ace!!

  • icdumbpeople Jul 17, 12:10 p.m.

    These dogs are heros!

  • iopsyc Jul 17, 11:45 a.m.

    Good dog!

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