As a firefighter paid or volunteer you basically go through the same training.
They are taught to prepare for the worse and hope for the best. They are trained to save lives. All lives matter human or animal. You make the same call.
Sometimes the outcome is not a good one, but sometimes you catch a break and have a happy ending.
Recently, the Phelps Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) responded to a structure fire.
When they arrived on scene smoke and flames were coming through the front of the structure.
After extinguishing the flames and upon exiting the structure they were informed of the possibility of a puppy still inside the structure.
Firefighter Mitch Lester made a sweep back through the residence and found a two month old bulldog mixed puppy laying near a box.
The puppy was found where the most extensive damage to the house occurred.
Lester said the puppy was barely breathing when he found it.
He took the puppy outside and immediately put his SCBA on the animal. While other firefighters poured bottles of water over his tiny body in an effort to cool him down.
According to Lester it took the puppy about ten minutes to finally get up and start moving around.
The puppy was inside the burning residence for at least 20 minutes before he was rescued.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.