A recent story of one dog’s heroics hit the news after a Chicago building’s basement caught fire, trapping a 7-year-old boy, his mother, and their grandparents inside with no way of getting out.

Renaldo Vera, a neighbor, was unaware of what was happening until his pit bull began to bark, not stopping for any reason. Vera soon realized that there was screaming coming from outside as he tried to get his dog to calm down.

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Vera was able to run to the burning building and pull two people out of the flames before professional help arrived. The boy, his mother, and his grandfather were rescued, the grandmother sadly did not pull through.

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The Chicago fire department accredited the rescues to Vera and his dog, saying, “Hats off to a neighbor near the fire this morning. His dog heard the screams and woke him. He went to the fire building and helped rescue a child and adult before CFD got on the scene. Thank you so much, Mr. Renaldo Vera! And thanks to his pit bull named Chicago.”

This is an amazing story that once again shows us just how loyal and heroic dogs naturally are, always springing into action when someone needs help.

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