A Bloomington firefighter jumped into an icy pond to rescue a dog, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took notice.
The animal rights organization is sending its Compassionate Fire Department Award to the west metro department after firefighter Robby Smith jumped in to save the dog struggling in the waters of Haeg Park on March 21 while his owner waited nervously.
Smith donned a cold-water suit to wade out and scoop the dog up in his arms, then reunited the pooch with its owner on solid ground.
“This brave firefighter arrived ready and willing to navigate an icy lake and pull this dog to safety,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his kindness and swift action will inspire everyone to look out for animals in need.”
The Bloomington Fire Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations and a copy of the Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating vegan meals.
The Virginia-based organization also is taking the moment to issue a reminder to pet owners to keep their animals near them on walks using a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them whenever they are outdoors.