Hero dog helps save woman's life at Novi assisted-living home

Max, Ray Overall honored for role in saving woman's life

By Evrod Cassimy - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

NOVI, Mich. - There were smiles and even a few tears Tuesday morning at Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Novi as staff members spoke about a resident who had a medical emergency.

Novi firefighters and police officers were at the assisted-living home to honor a dog that helped save the woman's life.

Ray Overall got a civilian citation from Novi police, and so did his dog Max. The 14-year-old rat terrier helped save a life in the middle of the night.

"I heard a thump, and I thought it could have been out in the hall or somewhere," Overall said. "He started barking and I just told him, I'll be polite, 'Shut up.'"

But Max wouldn't stop barking. Officials said he knew someone was in trouble and needed help.

"I heard a faint call above me," Overall said. "'Help! Help!' About four times. So I jumped into my pants and came down and notified security."

"Our EMTs and firefighters from engine two responded, and they provided patient care for a female who had obviously fallen and had a medical emergency," Novi police Chief David Malloy said.

The incident happened nearly a month ago. On Tuesday, in front of other residents, staff members and Novi law enforcement officials, Overall and Max were acknowledged and thanked for helping to save the woman's life.

They were given an award and a round of applause. Even more fitting, Max was given a bone for his work.

"I was just fortunate," Overall said. "It felt good. I didn't expect all this, I'll let you know."

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