Risking Own Safety To Rescue a Canine

There are all sorts of reasons to stay away from a burning vehicle. The flames themselves are dangerous. There is potential for a gasoline explosion. Inhaling smoke from some of the material used in cars and trucks is hazardous.

Marshall County commissioners were told a few days ago about a sheriff’s deputy and a paramedic who disregarded the risk Jan. 20 when they saw a dog trapped in a burning car.

County Assistant 911 Director Carol Robinson explained that “the deputy made entrance to the front of the vehicle and our paramedic … made entry through the rear, and they were able to get a dog that was in there out.”

They administered first aid, including oxygen, to the animal “and got it feeling better.” Then the first responders helped the family that had escaped the car gather up their groceries, and took them home.

“I just wanted to let you know who you’ve got working for you,” Robinson told commissioners.

Clearly, they are some pretty courageous, compassionate people — dogs’ best friends, one might say.


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