At 17:22hrs units were dispatched to a reported fire in the apartment at 12525 S. Kirkwood. While en route SPD units on scene advised of a confirmed fire with reports of animals still inside. Upon arrival of Engine 23 smoke was reported from a Division 1 courtyard apartment of a large 2-story OMD. Upon entry by Engine 23 a kitchen fire was found which was quickly knocked down with 2-water cans while search’s found a large dog unconscious in a kennel. With the fire knocked down and searches completed, attention turned to the rescued dog who was unconscious with agonal respiration’s. Using a special animal oxygen mask and 3-bottles of oxygen personnel successfully revived the dog to being conscious, alert and walking. Following completion of overhaul and assisting investigators all units returned to service with the saved dog, whose name is Hashbrown, happily reunited with his family.
Many thanks go to Sarah Mc Gilbery, wife of Lieutenant Steven Mc Gilbery, who had graciously donated these special pet oxygen masks to the department as they definitely made a difference.