Polo, the family pet dog gave his life protecting 8-month-old Viviana from a fire late Sunday.
Firefighters found Polo, covering Viviana with his body. “She only had burns on her side because of it” , “He stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door.”
Polo perished in the fire.
Polo the dog died protecting 8-month-old Vivana Poremski, who was severly burned in a house fire
A family dog gave his life protecting an 8-month-old from a fire late Sunday. The girl is alive today thanks to an act of heroism and a heart-breaking loss for her family. Erika Poremski, the child’s mother, said she had quickly stepped out to her car when she turned around to find the house in flames and her daughter Viviana inside.
“I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her,”
Poremski said. “I tried really hard, everyone in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I couldn’t [get her out]. Nobody could.”
Firefighters said when the entered the home to rescue Viviana, they found Poremski’s dog, Polo, in the room with her and he was covering her with his body.
Firefighters entered the second-floor home and found Polo, the Poremski dog, covering Viviana with his body.
“She only had burns on her side because of it,” Poremski told the TV station. “He stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door.”
The row house caught on fire while Erika Poremski left briefly to go to her car.
The fire department was able to put the fire out in 30 minutes, they said on Facebook.
Viviana, who was revived at the scene and taken to an area hospital, had severe burns on her face, arm and side uncovered by the heroic pooch.
Erika Poremski had burns on her hands and face from when she repeatedly tried to go back into the house to rescue Viviana.
Polo didn’t survive the fire.
“He was my first baby and now I lost him,” Poremski said. “And I’m just praying I don’t lose her. She’s all I have and it just happened so fast, I just don’t understand it. I just don’t know why this stuff happens.”