These canine heroes deserve to be recognized
By Catalina Barrios
Some heroes have four legs.
Who do you admire? Who is your hero? Someone who I will always admire and who has a very special place in my heart is my grandma or, “abuelita”. She always thought about others first and enjoyed helping those in need. She never stopped and I always wondered why she didn’t got tired. Even though she was always on the go, she always had time for me, time to watch our favorite soap opera. Now my “abuelita” has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t recognize me but she knows she will always have a very special place in my heart, she is my hero, my role model.
As I admire my grandma, I also admire those who risk their lives to save others. We see these heroes recognized on the news but there are other heroes who also deserve to be recognized; these saviors are the firefighting dogs.
The stories of the following “furry heroes” will capture your heart. Which one is your favorite?
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This adorable Cocker Spaniel has been part of London’s Fire Brigade since 2013. Murphy played a a crucial role during the massive apartment fire tragedy in London last June. Murphy and long time fire services employee, Mick Boyle, looked for accelerants in London’s Grenfell Tower.
Boyle join the fire investigation team in 1997 and was one of the brigade’s first dog handlers.
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Murphy wore these cute boots to protect his paws from sharp items and debris. Doesn’t he look adorable?
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This beautiful Dalmatian was adopted in 2012 from the Virginia SPCA by the Whitby Fire and Emergency Services. She is used as a public education and fire prevention dog. She enjoys promoting fire safety to kids, people with special needs, and seniors.
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What a wonderful story…
The DeStefamily family from Mays Landing, New Jersey was watching Bandit while their owner was out of town. When Rich DeStefani went to sleep he forgot he put a hairbrush into boiling water to sterilize. At 3:30 a.m., there was no water in the pot and the house was filled with toxic smoke from the burning plastic. Unfortunately the smoke detectors, which were just purchased, did not go off. Thankfully Bandit came to the rescue and jumped on Jennifer DeStefani until she woke up. Jennifer, then, alerted her husband and 9 year old daughter. Afterwards, one smoke detector finally sounded an alarm and then the fire department arrived. The fire was limited to the stove and Bandit was called a hero.
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In 2011, Jessie became part of the Orlando Fire Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad. For the past 6 years, Jessie has assisted in hundreds of fires as well as several cases dealing with arson and homicide.
She had a wonderful ability in pointing out suspicious items and would also go to the scene of fires to help in the investigation. This adorable dog began her career as a guide dog for the blind.
Sadly, Jessie recently passed away but will always have a special place in Orlando’s Fire Department. Her last call was on August 4, 2017.
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Phin recently was awarded by the Lakeland Fire Rescue department the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) certification thanks to her dedicated contributions to the department as well as her intensive training. This is the highest level of certification for a live search and rescue dog.
Our furry friends besides being our most trusted and loyal companions can also be our heroes. What is the most memorable thing your dog has done for you?