Montagna Del Mare Baccus (Rocco) — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Pets for Patriots
Location: Dallas, Oregon

Rocco’s heroism saved my husband’s life and he deserves to be recognized for his alertness and determination to get immediate aid. Thus, Rocco is being dominated for the American Hero Dog Award due to the fact that Rocco truly demonstrated the meaning of being a “Man’s Best Friend”. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on February 12, 2017 Rocco woke me up by jumping on me while barking. He then immediately ran into our living room while continuing to bark. I followed to find him laying parallel to my husband’s chest with his head on his daddy’s heart. His position was much like the position in the attached photo. It was evident that my husband was having a heart attack. Rocco remained with his best friend until the paramedics arrived. The cardiologist advised us that my husband may not had survived the massive heart attack had we not arrived at the hospital when we did; that any delay would have yielded a much different result. Rocco’s quick actions initiated the call to emergency personnel and he will always be our hero. Rocco continues to stay close to my husband’s side while he recovers and remains alert to his needs.

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