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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Disabled Firefighter Saved by Afghanistan Meatball

Dog rescued from Afghanistan returns favor by helping save owner’s life (With Video)
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By JOHN KOPP

CLIFTON HEIGHTS — The first time Meatball met Joe McCarty, the Afghan Kuchi puppy welcomed his new owner by peeing on him.

Five months later, McCarty and his wife, Kim, laugh at the story. That’s because Meatball and Joe now share a bond so tight that the 9-month-old dog knows when Joe isn’t right. That keen awareness might have saved Joe’s life earlier this month.

Kim said she was upstairs preparing to fall asleep one night when she heard Meatball begin barking incessantly. Meatball, Kim said, is not known for barking.

Joe, who served as a firefighter for the Sharon Hill Fire Department for 15 years, has suffered four strokes and is paralyzed on his left side.
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