Man dies after saving dog from fire

November 12, 2008 1:49:15 PM PST
A west suburban man died in a house fire while trying to save his pet dog.Authorities say 68-year old John Petrik refused to leave his burning home in Cicero until his dog was safely found.

Firefighters managed to get Petrik out of the home and rescue the dog.

Petrik was waiting for paramedics to retrieve a stretcher when he suffered a medical episode, possibly a heart attack, according to officials. He later died at a hospital in Berwyn.