Major Healy, a family pet, is now up for a promotion—perhaps to colonel or even a general.
The dog alerted owner John Healy to a fire in their home early Monday morning.
“Major jumped on my bed probably around 1:30—putting his nose in my face. He does that—not too often—just when he wants to be a major pain in the butt. So, he did that and I said ‘Major, knock it off’ a couple of times and finally I opened my eyes and I saw the smoke in my bedroom,” said Healy.
He tried to put the fire out himself, but wound up having to drive a mile for help.
Healy thanks Major for his persistence. “I think he saved my life, you know? I think Major saved my life.”
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.
The home was built in 1783.