Monday, August 19, 2013

Rescuing people and pets: It's all part of the job

Everyone knows firefighters are in it to rescue folks and put out flames, but few seem to remember that law enforcement officers are also there to protect and provide rescue services.

Lately, there's been quite a bit of police rescue activity. Like the police officer in Pennsylvania who lugged an injured German Shepherd to safety after it fried off its own footpads fleeing from an auto accident. The officer is a self-described animal love who may become the township's first K9 officer in coming months.

In Pennsylvania, officers waded in flood waters waist deep to rescue stranded motorists due to a storm on Tuesday, August 18.The same day, officers in Indiana rescued a woman trapped in her truck after it went down an 50-foot embankment and landed, upside down, in a waterway. And the week prior, police officers rescued a woman and her child after they were trapped atop their car roof by flood waters. In Flint, Michigan, it was police who recovered a fisherman who had fallen into the Flint River and could not crawl back out.

Animal lovers have appreciated the story in Kentucky of a police officer who rescued an injured and starving young dog. Vets confirmed the dog had been shot at least twice, perhaps hit by a car, and was clearly malnourished.

On August 12, police and fire personnel worked together to rescue a stranded sailor off Kill Van Kull, New Jersey shore.

This week, a community and family thanked rescuers spurred into action June 28. Near Aurora, Illinois, off-duty police officers were enjoying a day kayaking on the river when the spotted five heads popping up from a raft trapped on a dam. The officers, prepared for emergencies even in their off-duty hours, rescued the youngsters.

In Billings, Montana, police responding to a residential disturbance found a woman bound and gagged with duct tape. The officers rescued the woman and arrested the man alleged to have kidnapped the woman who told police she thought she would have died had they not rescued her.

What good news is coming from your law enforcement agency?