There are numerous benefits to having a great relationship with your neighbors. The best one is having someone you can rely on during emergencies, especially when you are not around. This was proven true by an Air Force veteran named Mike Richter.
Mike was good friends with Carmen and Jodie Scalfaro, his neighbors in a suburb in Cincinnati. When he noticed that their house was on fire, he did what he could to get help immediately. And when he learned their pet was trapped inside their home alone, he didn’t hesitate to save the dog.
Struck by lightning
Mike was at home one day when he saw lightning strike the house next to his. Moments later, he noticed smoke rising from the roof. The concerned veteran quickly called emergency services and was told that responders would be on their way. His next call was to Carmen, who was actually 30 miles away, celebrating her daughter’s birthday.
Carmen told Mike their dog, Piper, was left alone inside their house. The owners became worried that she might perish from the hot flames. Mike then volunteered to save the pup.
The brave man tried to go inside the garage, but the electricity was down, and he couldn’t get the heavy door to open. So Carmen told him he could just break the front door. And that’s what the veteran did.
Moments later, he was running outside carrying Piper. Mike said the dog didn’t want to go with him at first. So he had to go through the smoke and catch the reluctant pooch.
When the dog owners arrived, later on, they were dismayed to see the state their house was in. It sustained a lot of fire and smoke damage. But they were ultimately happy that Piper was alive and well. They were so thankful they could rely on their neighbor to save their dog’s life.
Carmen and her family are on their way to rebuilding their home. The construction will cost them a lot of money, and they have gone online to ask for help. Donations poured in, and hopefully, they could move back in soon.
Source: Jodie Guinn-Scalfaro via Facebook