One of my earliest memories of a firefighter was when my house filled with smoke as a child and the firefighters from down the street crawled under our beds and rescued our cats. It meant the world to my mother and me that all of pets were safe.
Now firefighters arrive at the scene of the fire with not only life-saving equipment for people, but in many cases, also for pets. That small mask specifically geared to the face of an animal can be the difference between a pet living or not making it.
Such was the case in Texas when a border collie named Leah.In north Arlington, since pet oxygen masks are brought to every fire in the city, firefighters were able to administer life-saving measures to Leah, who was in bad shape when she was found.
When firefighters arrived initially, they couldn’t find her but a second team went in and discovered her in a second story bathroom and brought her limp body out of the house. The NY Daily News reports that Arlington Fire Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Seeton said they thought she was gone, “She wasn’t moving, and she wasn’t breathing.”
That’s when the team of firefighters began to administer oxygen supplied through specialized animal masks to Leah to try to resuscitate her. Slowly she started to come back to life, so to speak. In the end, five bottles of oxygen were used.
Kudos go out not only to these incredible and kind firefighters but also to the city of Arlington for making every fire truck equipped with animal masks.
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