Fairfax Firefighters to Receive Award, Reunite With Dog Rescued From Icy Lake

PETA Will Honor First Responders for Plunging Into Freezing Water to Save Beloved Companion

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2016

Contact:
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Fairfax County, VA – At a special firehouse award ceremony on Friday, Fairfax city and county firefighters will reunite with Milo, the dog they saved from a freezing lake last week. PETA will present Milo and his family with a special care package complete with toys, vegan treats, and a blanket, while the firefighters will receive PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award in honor of last Friday’s rescue—when, despite the 8-degree wind chill, firefighters in ice-rescue suits jumped into the lake and pulled Milo to shore, where he was warmed in a medical unit before returning home.

Where:     Fire Station 32, 5600 Burke Centre Pkwy., Fairfax Station

When:       Friday, January 29, 2 p.m.

Fairfax County Dog Rescue© Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

“These intrepid rescuers meant the difference between life and a terrifying, icy death for this beloved dog,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their bravery and kindness will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Milo fell through the ice on the lake after wandering off while his family was tobogganing nearby, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to remind all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks with a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.

The Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department will each receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

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