Former Shelter Dog Honored for Saving Boy, Grandma for Fire

The mastiff mix was adopted by the family just two weeks before his brave feat

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 5:32 PM EDT
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A retired cop says her dog, Bear, saved her life when her home went up in flames. Greg Cergol reports.

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A retired cop says her dog, Bear, saved her life when her home went up in flames. Greg Cergol reports.

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A former shelter dog has been honored for saving his new family from a Long Island house fire.

Bear the 150-pound Mastiff mix was honored Wednesday at a ceremony in Islip.

Officials presented him with a 12-inch dog biscuit in the shape of a "key to the town." He ate the attention — and the treat — right up.

Town officials say Bear saved Carol Swinson and her 9-year-old grandson, DJ, during the recent fire in Brentwood. He jumped on Swinson to wake her up, and that's when she realized the house was on fire.

The family had adopted Bear just two weeks earlier. He'd been at the shelter two months.

"This dog is attached to me," Swinson previously told NBC 4 New York. "This is amazing, you would think I'd had him since he was a puppy." 

Bear also received dog toys to replace the ones he lost in the fire.

Town officials say Bear represents other deserving shelter pets still waiting for adoption.

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