On May 22, 2011, she combed through the tornado debris looking for survivors. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, some even come on four legs.
Tara Prosser and her dog, Lily, work for PAWS, which is a search and rescue group in Joplin.
After the tornado, both of them pulled some long hours.
"She's worked without complaint. She got nails in her feet. She get cuts on her legs. I only heard her yelp one time," Prosser says.
Lily is up for a hero dog award from the American Humane Association.
There are several dogs up for the search and rescue dog award.
"She's got a spirit about her. She's got a hero spirit, works and works," says Prosser.
Prosser says it took several years to get Lily's nose to be able search. And after May 22, she went all over the area looking for survivors.
"We've been to the roof of St. John's to make sure no one had been left up there. We were inside Wal-Mart and we walked on top of Aldi's and more houses than I care to remember."
Rob Lewis is also a dog trainer with paws and he says Lily is an amazing dog.
"I've seen her work because she's unbelievable. I can't explain but you see that in a dog very rarely that they understand what their doing. She looks at Tara and she says 'not here.' "
And when you have a dog this smart, you'd be amazed at what all they can do.
"She's a kisser, she's incredibly intelligent. She is very easy to train she knows how to get ice from the ice maker.Ha, ha."
Lily is going to need your vote to help her win the contest.
Also PAWS is holding a yard sale fund raiser to help pay for the training of these special dogs - Saturday, from 7am-7pm at 1724 S. Harlem in Joplin.
(Brad Douglas, KSN, Joplin, Mo)