We’ve all heard the saying, “Dog is man’s best friend.” But I guarantee you… he can also be a woman’s best friend… and, certainly, a child’s.
Last summer, in Baltimore, Maryland, Erika Poremski had just stepped out to her car for a minute when a fire sudden erupted in her home. Her 8-month-old daughter, and their dog Polo, were still inside the home.
As Erika raced back into the home, flames kept pushing her back. Firefighters quickly made it to the scene and a frantic Ericka yelled that her young daughter, Viviana, was trapped inside the burning house. Firefighters pushed past the flames and found Viviana lying on the floor. She was rushed to the hospital suffering burns to one side. Firefighters also brought out Polo and worked hard to revive him… But, unfortunately, he did not survive.
Firefighters had found Polo completely on top of and covering little Viviana, protecting her as much as he could from the smoke and flames. He could have left her at any time and escaped to safety. But he chose to stay with her… giving his own life so Viviana could have a chance to live hers.