Barking dog helps boy find injured Alexandria woman
An attentive teenager and his barking dog helped save the life of an injured Madison County woman.
Police say the 15-year-old boy, Sean Kilgore, was in his home in Alexandria around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when his dog would not stop barking.
"Gunner started going crazy so I looked out the door," Kilgore explained.
Gunner is a seven-year-old German Shepherd. Kilgore went to calm him down and that's when he knew something wasn't right.
"I could hear the woman yelling 'Help!' very faintly thought and I thought it was my imagination at first," Kilgore said.
As Gunner quieted down, those frantic cries for help continued.
"I heard it again so I put on my coat and went down the road," he said.
The high school freshman found that those cries were - surprisingly - coming from three houses away.
With that mystery solved, another problem had just started.
"I couldn't see her because her garage door was down and all her doors were locked so I couldn't get to her," Kilgore said.
He pulled out his phone and called 911. Officers responded and got inside to rescue 82-year-old Margie Humphrey.
"I don't believe in coincidence. I believe she had a guardian angel watching over her," said Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.
Police believe she spent about 12 hours on the cold concrete floor of her garage and wasn't able to get up.
The freezing temperatures had started to get to her, but she's expected to make a full recovery.
"He saved her life and we want to honor him as a citizen who has done a good deed," Sheriff Richardson said.
Fittingly, it's a career that Sean dreams of.
"Ever since I was little I've wanted to be a police officer because I like helping people," Kilgore said.
And that has left a lasting impact on his young life.
"[I feel] pretty good because she gets to have another Christmas with her family," he said with a smile.
Humphrey was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson for treatment. The Humphrey family wishes to meet Kilgore to personally thank him once Margie recovers.