A Retired Police Dog, a Raging Fire, and Heroes

Faye Higbee

A Retired Police dog, a raging fire, and heroes

When a raging fire broke out in the Feaser house in Longwood, Florida at around 11:20 p.m. on Monday night, the family’s dog, Maxx, led firefighters to two children inside. The neighbors, Andrew and Chip Dover, broke out the windows in order to save Margo Feaser, who is a Deputy with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office. Firefighters were able to save her husband.

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Seminole County Fire Department photo of the Feaser home

Neighbors to the rescue

Neighbors say they heard popping noises coming from the Feaser’s home after an explosion the neighborhood. Another neighbor called the Fire Department as the Dovers checked it out.

They saw flames coming out of the house, so they ran over and started breaking all of the windows in the front of the house with anything they could, including a table. By doing that and listening to the sound of Margo’s voice, they pinpointed her location and pulled her out through a window.

A Deputy, two military veterans

Immediately, Margo Feaser tried to go back into the house to save her children, but was prevented by firefighters.  She is a 12 year veteran with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and an auto theft investigator. She also deployed to Iraq while in the US Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. She serves now in the Army National guard. Both she and her husband are military veterans.

“The employee, when she initially came out, her primary concern was to get back inside and rescue her children. She is an absolute trouper. She is a hero within our organization, and her actions tonight demonstrated that behavior.” Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

Firefighters were able to rescue the husband after they rammed through the front door. The fire had started on the back porch, but fire officials thus far say it appears to be accidental. They are continuing the investigation.

Maxx- once a police dog, always a police dog

But it was the two children in another room of the house that were a worry- two children, ages 2 and 4.  Maxx the dog saved the day by leading firefighters right to them.

“We are extremely grateful tonight that despite this tragedy, no one has lost their life, and for the heroic efforts by these neighbors and these firefighters who were here on scene and brought those kids and this family to safety.” Seminole Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma

All four family members were still in the hospital as of Tuesday, some in serious to critical condition. All are stable, and expected to recover.


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Maxx led firefighters right to the children’s room – Seminole County Sheriff photo

Maxx really is a “real life Lassie.” He suffered smoke inhalation and a few burns, but he is recuperating at the Seminole Sheriff’s Office Veterinary Facility. He is expected to recover. He is a hero too!