Polo, a family dog, is being hailed a hero after he gave up his life saving his owner’s baby daughter in a house fire.
Erika Poremski’s had left her eight-month-old child Viviana Claire inside their house on Gough Street in Batlimore and stepped outside for just a moment, when she turned around to see her home up in flames.
Although the desperate mother tried to get back into the house, she was unable to, and even ended up with burns from the raging fire.
“I just heard her crying and I couldn't get to her. 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,” Poremski told WBAL-TV.
Firemen however didn’t give up, and when they finally got into the bedroom where the child was, they were astonished to see Polo lying on top of the baby, putting his own life at stake to protect her. It was only due to the hero dog that the little girl was saved, and escaped what could’ve turned into a disaster. Unfortunately, the 20 percent of her body that Polo was unable to cover got burned, and she now is in hospital in critical condition.
The black pooch lost his life in the bargain. “He was my first baby and now I lost him. 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,” Poremski said.
A GoFundMe page set up to help Poremski and her daughter who have lost everything in the fire has raised nearly $16,000 of a $25,000 goal.