BY CARL MACGOWAN | [email protected]
10:55 PM EDT, October 15, 2007
Debbie Credidio's dog, Jackson, likes to chill out in the bathroom to escape the heat. That may have saved the 3-year-old Newfoundland's life Monday.
When fire broke out in the morning at Credidio's Farmingville house, Jackson jumped into the tub and put his nose in the drain. Firefighters Vince Egbert and Edgar Trejo pulled aside a shower curtain and found the dog "actually sucking air out of the drainpipe, which is an old-school thing that a fireman would do," Egbert said.
"That's what really saved him, was getting his snout as low as he could and finding the drainpipe."
Egbert said the 130-pound dog was trapped by intense heat for 40 minutes. "For a dog to make it through something like that was amazing," he said.
Jackson was unharmed, as was Credidio's mother, Marcia Kaye, 74, who escaped the blaze that all but destroyed the home. The cause was unknown Monday.
The Credidio family was devastated when they realized Jackson was trapped, said Michelle Scotti, 28, of Patchogue, who is engaged to Credidio's son, James, 35.
After the family pleaded with firefighters to save him, Trejo and Egbert were given 10 minutes to search the house. The fire was out, but the roof appeared unstable. The firefighters had just about run out of time before they checked the bathroom, Egbert said.
"He kind of picked his head up when he saw us," said Egbert, a Farmingville volunteer and New York City firefighter. "He didn't want to come with us. He was happy where he was. He was scared to come with us."
Egbert said he picked up Jackson and carried him outside "and he ran behind some hedges and wagged his tail like he was very happy."
Firefighters are taught to duck below smoke if they run out of oxygen and find fresh air wherever they can, Egbert said. That's exactly what Jackson did.
"Such a smart dog, huh?" Scotti said. "He actually does hang out in the bathroom, on the floor," to beat the summer heat.
The family was unsure where to stay after losing the home, Scotti said. But at least they had Jackson safe and sound.
"The people had one of the worst days of their lives," Egbert said, "and we brought a little bit of happiness back into it."
Wow, what a smart dog he was. Who would have thought a dog could have saved himself like that. ;D
Smart dog...wonder how they think of things like that. :-\
It's not the destination, it's the journey!
That's a very smart and very LUCKY dog! Can you just imagine what the poor guy went through?
He had to have been a firefighter in a previous life. ;D