Barking couldn't save deaf boy, so dog licked him
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A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero. The dog licked the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old boy to alert him that the house was on fire.
Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone. He was sleeping without his hearing aids.
"My dog licked my face and woke me up," Lamb said. "I was like, 'Stop it! What? You want to be fed?' I thought he wanted to be fed or go outside."
Ace didn't stop licking Nick until the teen got up. That's when Nick realized the house was full of smoke. He covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt darted out the back door.
Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, credited Ace with saving her son.
"It's amazing, because if he wouldn't have been there, he probably wouldn't have even woke up," Bernard said.
Lamb, who was born deaf, told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone. He had returned from summer camp just three days earlier.
Critical thinking challenge: If Nick couldn't hear Ace barking, why didn't Ace bark louder?