S. FL dog rescues toddler from rubble in Haiti

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (WFLX) - A little girl, found in a concrete bubble in Haiti barely conscious, is alive after six days under the rubble.

She owes her life in part to a local dog named Blaze.

He's an 8-year-old Border Collie, but listens better than any child.  Blaze was working with crews in Port-au-Prince when he came across the scene of a trapped 2-year-old girl.

Blaze's trainer, Palm Beach County paramedic Steve Driscoll, called for help from the rest of his crew made up of members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The 13 member team was able to pull the girl to safety. She went home with her parents with barely a scratch.

It's moments like this Blaze was made for.

Before traveling to Haiti, Blaze had his fair share of rescues. He's helped after Hurricane Charley and Katrina.

The training takes about two and a half years to get a dog that's mission ready, and Blaze isn't finished yet. He continues his work in Haiti. His team, hoping together, they can find even more victims.

Driscoll tells our news partners at the Palm Beach Post he'd never seen anything like that rescue, and he's proud of the dog he can call his partner.