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Firefighter Crews to Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Saint Bernard | News Release | Fairfax County Fire Department

Crews to Receive PETA Award During Reuniting of Rescued Dog and Crew

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department will be reunited with Milo, the 5 year-old 120 pound Saint Bernard and his family tomorrow at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 32, Fairview.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow, Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2 pm at Fire Station 32, 5600 Burke Centre Parkway, Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Milo and his family, along with the crews that rescued him, will be available for interviews.

Photo by Captain II Carlton Burkhammer

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The Rescue

Crews Rescue Saint Bernard from Ice Covered Lake

Units were dispatched, January 22, 2016, to Woodglen Lake in the Fairfax Station area of the county for a dog that had fallen through the ice. Firefighters quickly arrived and observed a large Saint Bernard dog in the lake, approximately 30’ from shore. Rescuers quickly implemented a rescue plan while the medic units prepared for the dog’s removal. The dog was rescued from the freezing pond and placed in the medic unit for drying and re-warming. After approx. 30 minutes the dog and owners were taken home and warming efforts continued. After rewarming the dog appears healthy and in no distress. Reportedly, the family was tubing down the hill toward the lake when the dog walked out on the ice.
At the time of rescue the temperature was 21 degrees with a wind chill of 8 degrees and blowing snow.
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Please remember to stay off the ice.
Photos by Captain Burkhammer

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