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Blind Woman Trapped In A Burning House Is Rescued When Her Dog Dials 911

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NBC Philadelphia

Christina Colon is blind, in her sixties, and lives alone. So when she woke up one night to hear 2 strangers had broken into her home, she knew she was in grave danger.

Colon, who lives in Philadelphia, was woken up by the sound of her service dog Yolanda's growling. Before Colon could react, Yolanda had run out of the bedroom, pulled the door shut behind her, and confronted the burglars. The dog managed to chase the men out, but not before they turned on Colon's stove.

Colon's home quickly filled with gas, and she raced to reach her phone and call 911 before passing out, desperately telling the operator "I can't breathe!" But the police were already outside Colon's front door.

During the commotion, Yolanda had used a special emergency button on Colon's phone to call for help. Her speedy response helped police rescue Colon, but also to catch the burglars as they fled.

People called Yolanda a hero, but that wasn't enough for Colon. "Maybe for you she is the hero," she told NBC 10. "But for me, she is my angel. She protects me every time."

In fact, a few years later Yolanda rescued her owner from an even bigger danger...

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