DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 30/05/2008 Cumbria.
In the early hours of Friday 30 May 2008, Jenny Barwise, her parents and fiancé were all asleep at the family home in Cumbria when a fire broke out in the kitchen. An electrical fault was believed to be the cause.
Frodo, Jenny’s three-year-old Beagle, was the first to sense danger. He raised the alarm by barking incessantly until she woke Jenny’s father David, who went downstairs and saw flames coming from the kitchen.
David raced to wake his wife Annette, before going to alert their daughter Jenny. Frodo was ahead of them and was barking and scratching at Jenny’s bedroom door. Amid the smoke and chaos, Frodo jumped on Jenny’s bed to show her father where she was.
Still barking to raise the alarm, Frodo then raced towards the flames and into the living room, where Jenny’s fiancé Liam had been sleeping. He managed to escape but required hospital treatment for of smoke inhalation.
Only once everyone was safely outdoors did Frodo’s frantic rescue mission end.
It took three fire crews two hours to put out the blaze. The ceiling had collapsed in the living room where Liam had been sleeping and the kitchen roof was completely eaten away by the force of the fire.
The Fire Service confirmed that, had it not been for Frodo’s actions on the night of the fire, lives could have been lost.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For lifesaving bravery and determined devotion to his owner and family, when alerting them to a house fire on 13 June 2008.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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