Hero dog, family receives Christmas miracle days after fire


It was a Christmas miracle Sarah Potter and her family did not expect.

Sunday morning, Sarah woke up to the sound of her family dog, Buster, barking because their house was on fire.

But thanks to Buster’s barks, they escaped the house unharmed and called him a hero. 

“We rescued him about three weeks before the fire,” Potter said. “And he turned around and rescued us.”

But what wasn’t rescued were her children’s gifts that were supposed to go under the Christmas tree.

“I was so worried what this holiday would look like for my children,” she said. 

The Kansas Firefighters Alliance saw our story earlier this week and decided to team up with other companies to help bring the Potters some Christmas magic.

“When I first saw the story, I was like we need to help them,” President of The Kansas Firefighters Alliance Nancy Peters said. “With Coats for Kids, our big mission is when emergency responders come across families…we want to be a resource.”

Peters said she and the community were able to buy the family winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and Christmas gifts thanks to multiple companies such as Walgreens and PetSmart. 

The family met with Peters, emergency responders and other individuals who are part of the organization at Firehouse Subs in Hutchinson Friday afternoon.

A table full of presents greeted the family as they walked through the doors.

Even little Buster, the hero dog, got to experience the Christmas cheer.

“He got a nice sweater and some collar and some treats,” Potter said. “He got what he deserves.”

Potter said she’s very thankful to the entire community.

“The tree is up and we’re going to put these presents underneath it,” Potter said. “And my kids are going to have a great Christmas, probably a better Christmas what I was able to provide them for, and that’s what I’m so grateful for.”

For more information on how you can help the Potter family, click here

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