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Dog has its day: Pug is first animal to get Meridian’s Hometown Hero award

Jaxson the pug is credited with saving his owners’ home by alerting them to a fire.
Jaxson the pug is credited with saving his owners’ home by alerting them to a fire.

Jaxson, an 11-year-old pug, likely saved his owners’ home — not to mention their lives — when he alerted them to a fire.

The pug will be the first animal to receive Meridian’s Hometown Hero award in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Meridian City Council chambers, according to a press release from the city.

On Aug. 29, Jaxson’s barking drew the attention of one of his owners, Todd Lavoie. When Lavoie investigated the cause of the unusual barking, he noticed sparks from an electrical outlet and a power strip, according to the release. Lavoie used a fire extinguisher to knock down the blaze and turned off the power to the home.

If it weren’t for Jaxson, firefighters said, the house and its contents would have been significantly damaged because Lavoie and Mikaela Sebree, Jaxson’s co-owner, wouldn’t have noticed the fire until the alarms were tripped.

Meridian’s Hometown Hero award honors outstanding bravery by a person (or now, an animal) who demonstrates courage, compassion, character, initiative and responsibility.

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