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Wheelchair-bound Jake Vernon has his American pit bull terrier to thank for waking him from a deep sleep when she saw that the headboard, pillows and bedside table of his Spokane, Wash., home had caught fire. "My dog was not afraid of the fire," he told PEOPLE. "My dog walked right between me and the fire and stayed right there."