Denver Firefighters Lauded for Saving Dogs From Icy Waters

PETA Recognizes Emergency Responders for Putting Lifesaving Ice-Rescue Skills to Work This Winter

For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Denver – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Denver Fire Department (DFD), which has had a busy two weeks: On both January 7 and 8, firefighters pulled dogs from the icy pond in Washington Park—and on January 13, they rescued a dog from the ice on Sloan’s Lake. All the dogs—as well as humans who had fallen in after them—returned home safely.

“You know … a life is a life,” said DFD Assistant Chief C.J. Haberkorn in an interview. “That’s what we get paid to do, is protect life, and we’re going to do our best.”

“These firefighters had the knowledge, determination, and compassion it took to save all these Denver residents from their frightening, icy predicaments,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “The city is lucky to have such kind emergency responders who don’t hesitate to help humans and animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks using a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on animals when they’re outdoors.

The DFD will receive a box of delicious vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating plant-based meals.

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