PETA honors Midnight

Midnight, the black lab who rescued an elderly neighbor who had fallen in the snow in Alexandria, is getting some love.

Tim Curfman, along with his black lab, Midnight, looks toward the house next door where they helped rescue their neighbor after she fell and couldn’t get up on a cold day in early February. Midnight alerted Curfman that something was wrong. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Tim Curfman, along with his black lab, Midnight, looks toward the house next door where they helped rescue their neighbor after she fell and couldn’t get up on a cold day in early February. Midnight alerted Curfman that something was wrong. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

After her story ran in the Echo Press, WCCO-TV picked up the story and so did People magazine. It received more than 1,000 shares on Facebook, and animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced that it is giving Midnight a "Heroic Dog Award."

The award comes with a framed certificate and a letter of congratulations and, maybe more important to Midnight, a bag of toys and vegan treats.

"They called me from Washington D.C.," said Tim Curfman, who adopted Midnight from an animal shelter four years ago. "I was kind of surprised. I'm not familiar with them at all."

On Monday, Jan. 28, Curfman's 87-year-old neighbor was out filling the bird feeder ahead of the polar vortex. Although the deepest cold was still a day away, temperatures were still only about zero.

The snow gave way beneath her boots and she fell. She crawled toward the garage, hoping to pull herself up, but was still lying there when Midnight trotted over from next door. The two were friends, and Midnight often got treats from the woman.

Midnight was only there a short time before heading back home to get Curfman, who was bringing trash cans out to the curb. Because of the way the neighborhood is built, Curfman doubted he would have ever seen his neighbor lying there. Plus, he is legally blind. 

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