Virginia Beach Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Heroic Rescue of Cats

HEROIC FIREMAN SAVE ANIMALSAnimals Trapped in House Fire Are Pulled to Safety and Revived

Virginia Beach, Va. (RUSHPRNEWS) AUGUST 18, 2008– — For rescuing two cats from a burning, smoke-filled house and reviving them using oxygen masks specially designed for animals, Virginia Beach Fire Department firefighters Israel Medina and Steve Cohen will receive PETA’s Compassionate Firefighters Award.

According to news reports, firefighters responded to a fire that had erupted at a duplex at 2500 Shore Dr. early in the morning on August 5. The residents had already escaped the building, but two cats remained trapped inside. Medina and Cohen entered the burning structure, located the two cats, and pulled them to safety. Both cats were suffering from smoke inhalation, so Medina and Cohen revived them using specially designed oxygen masks for animals. The cats were taken to a local veterinary clinic for further treatment.

Medina and Cohen will receive a framed certificate and a thank-you card signed by PETA staffers.
“These two cats are alive and recovering thanks to Israel Medina and Steve Cohen’s heroism and the preparedness of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Virginia Beach is very fortunate to have a public agency that is ready to protect and serve the city’s residents and their beloved four-legged companions.”

PETA has furnished lifesaving animal oxygen masks to various fire/rescue departments across the country.

For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site

Melissa Karpel 757-622-7382

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