Dickson County Firefighters, EMS Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Cat From Fire

Quick Action and Infant Oxygen Mask Make the Difference for Lucky Feline

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Dickson, Tenn. — On the evening of July 9, firefighters and rescue teams responded to a house fire on Rock Church Road in Dickson County. The residents of the home were able to escape the blaze, but their cat remained inside. After firefighters pulled the animal to safety, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel applied an infant oxygen mask to the cat, who was apparently suffering from smoke inhalation. According to news reports, the animal is doing fine.

For their vital role in saving the cat from what must have been a terrifying experience, Dickson County EMS and firefighters Kyle Fuqua, John Jackson, and Caleb Lovett of the Burns Fire Department and Daniel Davis of Dickson County Fire and Rescue will receive Compassionate Responders awards from PETA.

“Dickson County residents are very fortunate to have first responders who stand ready to protect and rescue residents and their beloved animal companions,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We hope the compassion and know-how shown by these firefighters and EMS personnel will inspire others always to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Dickson County EMS and the firefighters will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation. The departments will also receive oxygen masks designed specifically for cats and dogs.

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