Maxx, a German Shepherd, is being hailed a true hero for saving the lives of two young children. On Monday night at around 11:20 pm, the home of Brent and Margo Feaser experienced a damaging fire. The home is located in the area of Country Hill Drive and Sweetwater Boulevard North in Longwood, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. Brent and Margo Feaser lived in the home with their two young children, a 4-year old boy, and 2-year girl, along with their dog Maxx, a retired K-9 German Shepherd.
The Heroic Tale of Maxx the German Shepherd Dog
Two neighbors, Chip and Andrew Dover, along with friend Joe Jordan were outside that night looking at the stars with a telescope, when suddenly they heard a large explosion coming from the Feaser family home. Chip Dover told Today, “We were outside with my telescope, looking at Jupiter with my next door neighbor. We were getting ready to come in when we heard a big explosion, and the house just blew up.” They immediately called 911 and broke the windows of the home to gain access to the inside.
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Other neighbors also ran to assist the family. The home was filled with thick, heavy, black smoke. Margo Feaser was the first to be located and taken out of the burning home. Margo attempted to go back in the house to get her husband and two kids out but was held back by neighbors. Firefighters arrived within minutes and rescued Brent Feaser from the home. However, the two children were still inside the home, and that is when Maxx leaped into action. Maxx ran back inside the home, knowing the two children were still trapped inside, leading firefighters to the two Feaser children.
The four family members were all hospitalized, in varying conditions from serious to critical but all are expected to recover. Maxx was treated by a local veterinarian for smoke inhalation but is expected to make a complete recovery.
Margo Feaser has been a member of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years, where she currently works as a vehicle theft investigation. A GoFundMe page was set up for the Feaser family to help them with medical, veterinary and housing expenses. As of Thursday evening, $37,880 has been raised to assist the family.