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Humane Society Gives Level Firefighters Pet Oxygen Masks

Earlier in February, firefighters saved a Labrador in a house fire.

Two weeks after Level firefighters saved a black Labrador from a burning house in Churchville, the Humane Society of Harford County came to Level bearing gifts.

Director of the Humane Society of Harford County Mary Leavens presented the Level Volunteer Fire Company with three pet oxygen masks, in sizes small, medium and large.

Speaking in the bay of the Level Volunteer Fire Company, Leavens said that the volunteers' concern for animals "demonstrates your true commitment to the community."

When firefighters arrived at a two-story home on the 3600 block of Aldino Road on Feb. 11, the woman who lived there escaped but couldn't coax her dog, Chase, out of the house.

Capt. Matt Orf and Sgt. Clinton Polk of Level Volunteer Fire Company found Chase, and Polk carried him downstairs.

Polk used his oxygen mask to administer fresh air to the dog, then paramedic Bill Eyler fashioned a pet oxygen mask out of a plastic Wendy's cup.

"What made me think of the cup is we have pet oxygen masks on the truck in Cecil County, so I was looking for something like that," said Eyler, who volunteers at multiple fire departments in Cecil County.

According to Eyler, who attended the brief ceremony with the Humane Society on Feb. 25, the dog was "lifeless" when firefighters brought him outside.

The air through the cup revived the dog, who was later taken to a veterinarian for follow-up.

To show their gratitude for the firefighters, members of the Humane Society of Harford County took up a collection and purchased three pet oxygen masks for the Level Volunteer Fire Company.

"On behalf of our staff at the Humane Society of Harford County and all of the four-legged creatures that are unable to thank you, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Leavens, whose son is also a firefighter at Level.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a human or pet, we always do our Level Best when it comes to EMS care," said Ambulance Captain Sandi Gallion.

Gallion said that that the company Invisible Fence had committed to donating a pet oxygen mask as well.

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Jean Wilson February 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Terrific donation. A fellow show breeder/exhibitor in another state was just devastated when fire struck. She lost 15 dogs (most were show dogs and a few were rescues), lost her home and her business. If it had not been for her fire company having pet oxygen masks, she very likely would have lost the one dog they were able to save. Approximately how much do the masks cost? I am asking because I would like to find out if my local fire departments have them and if not, would like to make sure that they do have them!!
Rhonda Hinch February 26, 2013 at 01:11 PM
They range between $80-$100 for a set of 3.
Lynn Bradley-Bull February 26, 2013 at 02:53 PM
How much money would it take to ensure every fire department in Havre de Grace had these oxygen masks for animals? I would be willing to spearhead a fund raising campaign to make this happen. Who do I contact? Lynn Bradley-Bull/babelfishdesigns@verizon.net
Tara B. February 26, 2013 at 03:17 PM
A true testimony of goodness, caring - WELL Done!! Capt. Matt Orf and Sgt Clinton Polk on the scene and thinking quickly and efficiently, Bill Eyler - an angel there at the right moment and time for Chase and his family - Thank you for your unselfishness and time in volunteering. Thank you to the Humane Society of Harford County for all the good you do for the animals that need and want no more than love and caring - Awesome leadership by Director Mary Leavens. I hope the family of Chase is enjoying every day, second and minute they have with their precious family member, Chase - and hoping they are finding comfort in his presence. Thank you as well to Capt. Sandi Gallion for your care of all that are in need of care and assistance. You all are what is good in the world and provide such unselfishness and love. Thank you!!

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