Crazy, Officer John Zook's dog. (Chicago Police Department)

Off-Duty Cop Tries To Rescue His Dog During House Fire

November 13, 2018 - 5:33 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns this week when his Portage Park home burned to the ground, as he desperately tried to save his 15-year-old dog.

Police say Officer John Zook was in the shower when he heard smoke alarms going off.

He tried to find his dog, Crazy, but ended up passing out in the living room from all the smoke.

"It came out that he did get assisted outside of the residence onto the front lawn of his house.  He indicated to the fire department that he still had a dog inside,” said Cmdr. Fabian Saldana of the 14th District.

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"The fire department did not even hesitate. They ran back into the house and rescued his dog and worked on both him and his dog on the front lawn of the house."

Saldana says both Crazy and Officer Zook are expected to be all right.

"And I told him earlier today. I said, 'Hey, man, this you're going to get through -- you have to.'  And he agreed."

An online fundraiser has been started for Zook and his family to help them cope with the fire's aftermath.