Terry McGlade is a United States Marine hero who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he credits his pit bull-Labrador mix “Major” as being a hero too.
McGlade suffered injuries when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Upon his return to the States, he was paired with mutt that had been pulled from a shelter and trained to help McGlade cope with anxiety he feels associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Major has also been trained to sense when McGlade is going to have a seizure. The pair have been inseperable for the last two years.
But Major didn't simply stand guard as McGlade collapsed from a seizure. He somehow managed to pull his charge's phone from his pocket and dial 911.
“He was actually able to get my phone out of my pocket. I don’t have the phone anymore because there are teeth marks on the phone,” said McGlade.
Major stepped on the screen for several seconds and the phone was set up to automatically call 911. The emergency operators never heard the dog bark, but they grew concerned when they received numerous calls from the number and heard a disoriented-sounding man in the background.
Major also sat in the front yard, waiting at the curb for the medics and police to arrive. He then guided them to where McGlade was. “I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn’t have called,” McGlade said. He had to spend the night in the hospital, but said he is doing much better, thanks to his best buddy.
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