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A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. — Albert Einstein


It took a whole fire department to save Golden Mandy

This is such a wonderful story. I only wish I had a photo of Mandy to include as well. I loved that the Fire Department was honored for the rescue. I am reproducing the entire story as it is so often the case that links disappear over time. I just don’t want anyone to miss this as it says so much about humanity and whole special our fire department personnel truly are.

Skowhegan: PETA honors firefighters for dog rescue
By Sharon Kiley Mack, Bangor Daily News, November 30, 2007

Home alone last Saturday, golden retriever Mandy was faced with a fire and no avenue of escape. The dog had backed herself into a bathroom, as far as possible from the burning storage room.

She was gasping for breath, dense smoke hovering just two feet from the floor.

That’s when Skowhegan firefighters Rick Caldwell and Linwood Corson, and Capt. Dan Bosworth came to her rescue, locating her in the burning house, carrying her outside and offering emergency medical treatment.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recognized their efforts this week, presenting the department with PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award.

“The compassion and dedication shown by these firefighters will serve as an inspiration to others throughout the community and beyond,” PETA Director Daphna Nachminovitch said Thursday. “Skowhegan is very fortunate to have a public agency that is ready to protect the town’s residents and their beloved four-legged companions.”

Caldwell was on duty at the Skowhegan Fire Station on Thursday and he recalled the rescue.

“We got the call of a possible structure fire on Silver Street last Saturday,” he said. “We were told that no one was home but there was a dog trapped in the building.”

Caldwell said the rescue was a total team effort. “It took the whole department,” he said. “Firefighters going inside the building can only feel comfortable if they know they are backed up by fellow firefighters outside. This backup enabled me to focus on looking for the dog.”

Caldwell said flames were coming out a side window and the dog had retreated to the opposite side of the house. “I found her standing there in a bathroom, gasping for breath. Her mouth was open and she was struggling to breathe.”

Caldwell said that while Corson kept water on the fire, he attempted to pick up the dog. “I scooped her up. She squirmed a little bit and I started to lose my grip but Capt. Bosworth tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘I’ve got her butt,’” and between the two men, Mandy was carried outside and put the ground.

“I removed the bypass valve from my air tank and placed it near her face,” Caldwell said. “I kept saying to her ‘Come on. Hang on. You can make it.’” Caldwell said Skowhegan EMS providers then took over Mandy’s care and she was taken by family members to a Waterville veterinary clinic.

“There was some initial concern that her lungs might have been burned,” Caldwell said. “But I called the owners the next day and they said the dog was eating and appeared to be doing well.” Mandy has since returned home.

“You know, you hate to see people lose their personal belongings in a fire, but in this case, they got their dog back,” Caldwell said. “It’s a good thing.”