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Jogger uses Ring camera to alert house owners, save pets: “I want to give him a hug”

Amy Christie

A family from California is thankful to a jogger who had an original idea that saved their house and pets from a fire.

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Courtney Polito and the rest of her family were away from their town when a man jogging by their house suddenly noticed something was wrong, according to Sunnyskyz.

“I saw him running back and forth. So, I answered it, and he said, 'Hello, do you see there's smoke coming out of the top of your house?” Polito shared with the outlet.

The woman heard the smoke alarm going off and that’s when she made the decision that would change everything. She gave the jogger the code he needed to get inside the property. The man went in and rescued the family’s two dogs, a cat, and one rabbit.

If the jogger hadn’t happened to pass by, the damage would have been severe, and the pets couldn’t stand a chance against the fire.

"The fire department said 10 more minutes, and the house would have been gone," the woman said for WTHR.

The family was surprised by this action because the stranger didn’t hesitate to go inside the house full of flames and smoke.

"It takes a special kind of person to go into a burning house to save animals," Tony, Polito’s husband, shared after the incident.

The whole house was damaged by smoke and the family’s Christmas presents were destroyed.

"This is the first for our agency where someone uses a Ring doorbell system to alert 911 and the homeowners," Andrew LoFranco, Scotts Valley Battalion Chief, stated.

The Polito family didn’t get the chance to thank the Good Samaritan because as soon as the pets were safe, he went away. They only know he had on a yellow T-shirt and a dark beanie with “Arizona” likely written on it.

"I want to give him a hug. I'll bring him lunch. I'll bring him dinner. I don't know ... I just want to thank him so much and let him know how thankful we are. My kids, my husband, we would be devastated if we lost our pets, let alone our home,” Polito said about the humble hero who decided not to have his identity known.

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