NEWPORT FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR RESCUING DOGS AND CATS FROM FIRE

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Photo courtesy of New London Fire Department – New London Firefighter Nick Deschamps while helping to revive Hero.

Rescue Workers Acted Quickly to Save Family’s Four Companions, Including Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dog, Hero
Newport, N.H. — On the evening of October 15, firefighters responded to a fire at the Newport home of Skip and Rhonda Rollins, parents of the late Army Spc. Justin Rollins. The Rollinses were not home at the time of the blaze, so firefighters—knowing that the couple shared their home with cats and dogs, including Hero, who garnered national headlines in 2007 when she was brought to the U.S. from Iraq after her adoptive guardian was killed in action—entered the home and pulled both dogs and both cats to safety. Rescue workers used special animal oxygen masks to revive Hero and one of the cats, who had suffered from smoke inhalation. All four animals are expected to make a complete recovery. New London Fire Department also took part in the effort to save Hero..

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