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LA Fire Dept rescues dog from raging river

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Uploaded on Jan 22, 2010

In an amazing act of valor, the Los Angeles Fire Department air rescue unit rescued a dog from the raging waters of the Los Angeles river after days of torrential downpours that have caused the evacuations of several local communities.

Captured live on local and national news stations (KTLA Channel 5 in this case), a rescue hero repelled from a helicopter, wrestled the frightened German Sherpard into a harness in which he was airlifted out of the river and onto the roadway. In an act of further compassion, the firefighters then placed the cold, wet and frightened dog into their paramedic truck to be taken to safety.

These are our heroes, folks. As one who has New York Fire Department family members, as well as volunteer fire fighters in several areas of New York State - including a Chief - I've spent my lifetime being in awe of these great heroes. And as an animal lover I'm even more in awe today.

Thanks guys for a job well done!!

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