Marie Vyborny and her Shih Tzu, JoJo,
following a fire at her home on Randy Road in Machesney Park on July 29. JoJo alerted the Vyborny's the home
was on fire by barking at Marie's husband, Larry, as he slept. Larry then noticed JoJo sniffing the air at which
time the home's smoke alarm went off. Larry proceeded to his living room, which was black with smoke, where he was
able to power off the home's air conditioning and furnace before being pulled out of the home by first responders
as neighbors had called police and fire.
After being pulled from his home, Larry was unable to locate JoJo. He was later pulled from the home
by North Park Fire Department firefighter's Jason Street and Scott Kline, according to North Park Fire Deputy Chief John Cartwright.
JoJo was given oxygen by paramedics, who also checked his vitals, before releasing him back to the Vyborny's.