Deer Park (WALK) - Long Island's volunteer firefighters will do all they can to rescue victims from a burning building, even if those victims aren't human.
The Deer Park Fire Department is going to get an award from the animal rights group PETA after volunteers rescued a pet from a house fire in Babylon last week. No one was home when flames erupted at the house on Old Country Road November 6th, trapping DiDi the dog inside. According to PETA, Assistant Chief Anthony Biolsi carried DiDi outside, where rescue workers used an oxygen mask to revive her.
The efforts of those rescuers earned them PETA's Compassionate Fire Department Award, according to PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.
"Deer Park's firefighters and rescue workers are truly heroes because they don't consider their job done until all residents, both human and nonhuman, have made it to safety," says Nachminovitch, in a statement. "PETA hopes the compassion and know-how shown by these first responders will inspire others to always come to the aid of animals in need."
The Deer Park fire department will receive a framed certificate, letter of appreciation and a box of vegan chocolates from PETA.
PETA encourages pet owners tp get or make a window sticker that says you have pets at home, to alert firefighters in the event of an emergency when no human family members are home.
Photo: Deer Park Fire Department