Three puppies were rescued from a fire Monday afternoon and rushed to the veterinarian in the fire chief’s car while the Henrico County Division of Fire team performed CPR on them.
The firefighters responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m., the fire department’s Facebook page reported, and quickly extinguished the small fire in the unit, after which time they discovered three puppies in the building. “Each of them was having significant difficulty breathing,” the post said, adding that the firefighters used pet oxygen masks on the animals but that they were still in distress. “After speaking with a local animal emergency center, the decision was made to transport the puppies in a chief's vehicle, while firefighters attended to them, to the emergency center.”
This morning, the department reported an update that two of the puppies have recovered and returned home to the owner. The third, unfortunately, did not survive.
One Facebook responder, Annie Toney, perhaps best summed up the reaction many had to the firefighters' efforts: "'Above and beyond' is just all in a day's work to these guys. Heroes to even the smallest of victims. Thank you for all you do!!!"