Paul Murphy was jogging in Scotts Valley, California, when he came across something that really made his pulse start to boil: Smoke coming from a house.
He approached the front door and rang the bell, trying to get the owner’s attention.
The Polito family, who lived at home, were suburban at the time. Thankfully, they installed the Ring doorbell, and Courtney Polito answered Murphy.
“I saw him running back and forth,” Courtney Polito said, according to WTHR-TV. “So I answered it and he said, ‘Hi, do you see any smoke coming from the roof of your house? “
Video from the doorbell recording shows plumes of gray smoke, and you can hear a smoke detector warning going off in the background.
When she realized the situation was dire, Courtney told Murphy that they pet remained inside and asked if he would be willing to come in and rescue them.
He said yes. She tells him the code, and he goes inside and manages to safely remove their two hounds, their cat, and their rabbit.
“It takes a special kind of person [to] into a burning house to save animals,” husband Tony admitted.
Thank you Murphy, more than just a family pet rescue, but the fire was contained before it consumed the entire house.
Courtney said: “The fire department said it was 10 minutes and the house would be gone.
While the fire was confined to the garage, the smoke penetrated the home, damaging cabinets and Christmas presents. The family car was also constantly damaged.
But Courtney is eternally grateful for the selfless measures Murphy took in the face of danger to save a complete stranger’s pet.
“I wanted to hug him,” Courtney said. “I will take him to lunch. I’ll bring him dinner. … I just wanted to thank him so much and let him know how grateful we are. My children, my husband, we would be devastated if we lost our pets let alone our house.”
Initially, the runner’s identity was unknown, but he was later identified and Politos was able to personally thank him, according to KSBW-TV.
It’s a modern miracle that the family has the Ring system installed and it can help prevent total loss. This is the first time, said Scotts Valley firefighter Andrew LoFranco.
“This is the first time our agency has had someone use the Ring doorbell system to alert 911 and homeowners,” he said.
According to KSBW, the Scotts Valley Fire Department may “offer a reward” for Muphy.
Either way, he was a hero for this family and their four pets.
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