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On Tuesday, June 6, after 1:00 AM, Loves Park Officers responded to a house fire in the 300 block of River Park Rd. When they arrived, smoke & flames were seen coming from the house. The homeowner was out of the house, but reported that her dog, Buster, who woke her up to a house full of smoke, did not make it out with her.
Officers Britnell, Wolgast, Jenkins, Frederickson & Sergeant Meadors, who is also our Department’s K-9 Handler, tried to locate Buster by making entry through the front door, side door and windows. Officers were turned back from their repeated attempts to save Buster, by the thick smoke & flames they encountered. After several minutes of trying to locate Buster, the Officers were reluctantly ordered out of the house for their safety due to the rapidly spreading fire.
Loves Park Fire Department arrived on scene & firefighters made entry into the home. After several minutes inside the burning house, a Loves Park Firefighter located Buster, who was unresponsive & barley breathing. The Firefighter carried the 110 pound German shepherd outside, where Metro Medical paramedics & Loves Park Officers were waiting to provide care.
Paramedics & Officers provided Buster with oxygen until Winnebago County Animal Services arrived on scene to assist. Sergeant Meadors reached out to Dr. Smith of Companion Animal Clinic. She told officers she would meet them at her clinic on Riverside Blvd., so Buster was transported there by the Animal Services Officer. When officers arrived there, they found that Dr. Smith was already at the clinic & was preparing to start care of Buster.
After continuing treatment, Buster was able to breathe without the assistance of oxygen & was moving his head on his own. Later, at around 10:30 AM, Dr. Smith reported that Buster had actually just returned from a walk & the prognosis looked positive.
As a side note, Officer Britnell was one of six officers recognized for his heroic actions to save lives during an apartment building fire on Applewood Lane, in May 2016
UPDATE FROM RS FAN:
Hello, The German shepherd from the video is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the officers, firefighters and Dr. Smith for acting fast and getting him to the clinic. If you could please make an update we would appreciate it, and to let all the people concerned that the dog passed away to know he is alive and doing good
Approx. 1:30 am this morning several emergency personnel were dispatched for a residential fire in Loves Park. It happened in the 300 block of River Park Rd.
The Loves Park Police were the first ones to arrive on scene. They were able to rescue the occupant of the house. There were still family pets inside the house. The officers attempted to rescue the pets, but were unable to get them out, due to the heavy smoke and flames.
Loves Park Fire Department arrived on scene, and were able to locate the German Shepard inside the residence. They pulled the lifeless body of this beautiful German Shepard from the house and began performing life saving measures on the German Shepard. Animal control arrived on scene, and transported the dog. At this time, it is not yet known on the condition of the dog. But they were performing life saving measures on it.
(Note: Many kudos to the emergency personnel on scene, and those who were performing life saving measures on the pets. Keep up the good work!)
The fire department was able to quickly knock the fire down and get the situation under control.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation.
RS fan Montica Mcguire : The German shepherd in the video is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the Loves Park Police/Fire department, Winnebago Animal Services and Companion Animal Clinic.