Answering the Call: Islip, NY Firefighters Save Woman and Three Dogs in Heroic Act
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The ASPCA
On the morning of July 17, 2022, firefighters from Islip Terrace Fire Department, Islip Fire Department, and East Islip Fire Department bravely rescued three trapped dogs, two Siberian Huskies and an Alaskan Malamute, and a 19-year-old woman from a house fire in Long Island.
Discovering two of the dogs were unconscious and barely breathing, the firefighters immediately began chest compressions and cooled off the dogs with a fire hose. The dramatic rescue was captured on video, inspiring people nationwide.
The rescued woman and all three dogs survived their ordeal thanks to these heroic firefighters’ skill and quick thinking. The collaborating departments—who serve more than 14,000 residents combined—acted not only on their duty but also on their deep compassion for people and animals in need.
On October 12, 2022, the Islip, NY firefighters received the 2022 ASPCA Public Service Award at the 2022 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.