Officer on lunch break sees dog in burning building, drops everything to save him

November 8, 2017 12:57 pm Last Updated: November 8, 2017 1:56 pm

Doing the right thing never takes a break. Even if you’re clocked out.

In the city of Durham, North Carolina, Officer Dante Ferrell was on his lunch break, cruising around a suburban neighborhood. That’s when he saw smoke coming from one of the houses. He called the fire department while the 2nd floor was completely on fire. He then decided to make sure there was no one inside, and he peeked in the front window.

There, he saw a dog staring right at him.


Officer Ferrell worked in internal affairs, therefore he wasn’t equipped with the right clothes or tools to deal with an emergency like this one. However, it didn’t stop him from forcing himself into the house.

“I don’t have boots on, I kicked the door in some two-year-old dress shoes,” he told WRAL. Fortunately, the door gave way, and Ferrell was able to get inside the house and rescue the dog.


Ferrell, even after a daring rescue into a burning home, made light of the situation.

“I was thinking, what if this dog is vicious and ends up biting me?” Ferrell said with a smile on his face. “But it was the right thing to do.”

The irony was that Ferrell did end up knowing the family who lived in the house, but he hadn’t known they lived there. His desire to rescue the dog or anyone else potentially trapped inside was just his natural instinct.


It took more than 30 minutes for firefighters to contain the fire, so who knows what would have happened to the dog if Officer Ferrell didn’t act fast.

The fire destroyed the entire house, but the dog was safe and sound, thanks to an officer who probably went hungry that day, but for all the right reasons.