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May 13, 2014 4:19 PM by NBC News

Heroic actions by dog and police save blind Texas man from fire

(KWES) It was an act of heroism.

A blind Odessa, Texas man was rescued after a fire started in his home, but it wasn't a fire alarm that woke him up.

It was his dog.

Charles Kennedy was sleeping when it began early Saturday morning.

He says if it weren't for the heroic acts of the Odessa Police Department, and of his dog, he probably wouldn't be alive.

"If it went on longer, and if it had gotten worse, I may not be here," Odessa resident, 76-year-old Charles Kennedy, said.

A towel accidentally left on the stove is what caused the fire around 4 a.m. Saturday at Charles Kennedy's home in the 800 block of East 15th Street in Odessa. The former employee of the Medical Examiner's Office doesn't have a smoke alarm and he is legally blind.

What woke him up was his dog, Jack, licking his face. He quickly called 911 and told them he'd be in the closet, away from the smoke. Two Odessa policemen came to his aid minutes later and brought him outside to sit on a bench.

"I fell off of the bench on the ground, then my dog jumped over the fence and he came over and laid down across my legs," Kennedy said.

One-year-old Jack never left Kennedy's side, even as he was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. NewsWest 9 asked Kennedy, if Jack could understand every word in the book, what would he say to him?

"I love you Jack. I love my dog," Kennedy said.

How about the policemen? NewsWest 9 asked.

"I got a lot of respect for them. Except for ones that give tickets," Kennedy said.

His sense of humor is still intact. As is his home, which only retained the smell of smoke for a couple of days.

It's a true act of heroism from the boys in blue and man's best friend.



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