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Heroes Week: Jeter the Dog Alerts Family to Fire, Dies in Blaze

Posted on June 16, 2009
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* Originally posted, Dayton Daily News
By Nancy Bowman
Staff Writer Updated 1:44 AM Saturday, June 13, 2009

PIQUA — Glenda Moss saved Jeter after an early life of abuse.

Jeter paid her back Thursday, June 11.

The five-year-old Great Pyrenees is credited with saving the lives of Moss and her son David, 19, by alerting them to an early morning fire at their Harney Street home in Piqua.

Smelling smoke and hearing the crackle of fire, mother and son fled the house around 6 a.m. with Jeter following. For an unknown reason, the 120-pound dog went back into the house and perished.

Moss was sleeping in a recliner in the living room when Jeter, who usually slept in the bay window nearby, “was right up in my face, all over me,” she said. “I tried to shove him away, then I smelled the smoke.”

Moss ran down the hall to wake up David before they fled through the front door.

“For some reason, (Jeter) turned around and went back in the house,” Moss said.

She went back in briefly to find him. “I couldn’t see him. It was so smoky, I couldn’t find him, so I had to come back out.”

Named after New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, the dog had lived with the family for about three years.

Piqua firefighters said the blaze started in the garage and spread to the house, READ MORE

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