Thank Fire Department for Bravely Saving Dogs

Chicago Fire Department

Target: Chicago’s 22nd Battalion Chief, Tom Sutkus

Goal: Thank the brave firefighters of the 22nd Battalion for saving the lives of two dogs

Late last month, firefighters were called to put out a house fire in a Chicago neighborhood that left two victims unresponsive. Patchy the pit bull and Bella the shih tzu were both suffering from severe smoke inhalation when firefighters rescued them from the dangerous scene. After receiving care from paramedics, both dogs were revived and are expected to make a full recovery.

After being removed from the scene, Patchy and Bella were fitted with animal oxygen masks, which helped them recover from breathing in the thick, dangerous smoke. “The shih tzu was in bad condition, but they had oxygen for them with the canine masks, put the oxygen on them and they started coming around,” 22nd Battalion Chief Tom Sutkus said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. He later explained that “life is life” and the firefighters made a “good save” in retrieving the two dogs.

In honor of their bravery and compassion for animals, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have given the Chicago Fire Department their Compassionate Fire Department Award. “The firefighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department are truly heroes because they don’t consider their job done until all residents—both human and nonhuman—have made it to safety,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna 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.”

By signing the petition below, you will thank the brave men and women of the Chicago Fire Department’s 22nd Battalion for saving the lives of Patchy and Bella and for recognizing that pets are important members of our families.


Dear Chief Sutkus,

I was thrilled to learn of the bravery and compassion shown by the Chicago Fire Department’s 22nd Battalion in saving the lives of Patchy the pit bull and Bella the shih tzu during a house fire last month. The CFD demonstrated an inspiring example of the value of every life in their brave efforts to save the two dogs.

Thank you for being a shining beacon of kindness and bravery for people and animals all over the world, and congratulations to you and your team on receiving PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Wesha via Wikimedia Commons

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