It takes a long time and a lot of effort to become a K8 unit. Dogs chosen for such famous professions must be devoted and courageous beyond measure. Some police K9s appear to retain these characteristics even after retirement.
German shepherds, such as Maxx, are among the most sought-after dogs for K9 units. When it comes to the work ethic required to be a K9 officer, the breed is a natural. They are also docile and faithful, which makes them ideal for the task. Maxx is the epitome of this.
The Seminole County Fire Department first responded to a residential fire. The fire department was called to the scene by the homeowner’s neighbor, Chip Dover. Dover had noted that the fire had already engulfed the structure’s back patio area.In the 911 call, Dover stated, “The entire back of the home is consumed.”A neighbor assisted the wife in escaping.
Dover assisted in the rescue of one of the captive family members by smashing a window with a piece of patio furniture. Dover was able to persuade his wife, Margo Feaser, to come to the window with the assistance of his son.
Maxx comes to the rescue
Margo informed Dover that her husband and two children remained in the home. That’s when Maxx, Margo’s husband’s dog, sprung into action. As firefighters got on the scene, Maxx led them through the home’s smoke-filled corridors. He quickly led them to the two children, who were subsequently transported to safety.Then Maxx led the firefighters to Margo’s spouse. He, too, was brought to safety. While still alive, the family had sustained injuries, some of which were critical, and were sent to a nearby hospital.Maxx was hurt in the fire. Maxx had also been injured as a result of smoke inhalation.
He was transferred to a nearby animal clinic for treatment.
Margo’s husband, a deputy with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, had adopted Maxx when he retired from police work. Following the incident, Sheriff Don Eslinger issued a statement saying, “We are grateful to the neighbors who rushed into action, and we especially applaud the firefighters who heroically entered the burning structure and risked their lives for the Feaser family.”Maxx eventually recovered completely from his injuries and was allowed to return home.Even in retirement, Maxx remains a hero and the epitome of a devoted family pet.
Watch the video below to learn more about Maxx and his exploits