A pit bull receives an award after saving his owner's life

Astro is a Pit Bull Terrier who received special attention and kudos from the El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Animal Services for a heroic act.

Astro alerted a Good Samaritan his owner was having a medical emergency. Emergency medical personnel were alerted and responded to the call.

Astro received an award and some special doggie cake on Friday. El Paso Fire Department officials said the call was something unlike what they’d seen.

“We know that the dog was even trying to climb into the ambulance with the owner, firefighters had to lure him into a vehicle for family members to come and pick him up and without his help the patient might have never been found,” Enrique Duenas-Aguilar, a spokesperson said.

His owners said they were surprised because they never gave Astro special training to alert people in the case of an emergency.

“We never thought in a million years he’d do something like that,” Bertha Martinez, his owner, said.

Astro’s family said he is going to get lots of extra love and treats and has a forever home with them.

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