Firefighters praise for rescuing Islip Terrace woman, 3 dogs from house fire
ISLIP TERRACE, NY – A 19-year-old woman from Suffolk County and her 3 large dogs are lucky to be alive thanks to specialized dog rescue training.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday, the family emotionally thanked the volunteer firefighters who were in the right place at the right time.
“I can’t even begin to tell you what you did for our family,” Tara Piniella told them.
Piniella choked on emotion after firefighters volunteered to save her daughter and then went into a smoke-filled house to rescue her other children – three dogs.
“My house can be replaced. My daughter can’t. My dogs can’t,” Piniella said. “Can someone give me a hug?”
On Sunday morning, while her daughter was fast asleep, a dog security camera showed the house smoking.
“I could hear my dog crying. I called my daughter. I called and called and called. I said, ‘You need to get out of the house. The house is on fire,'” Piniella said.
A frantic 911 call from her daughter trapped in the basement resulted in Islip Terrace firefighters pulling her out of the window, uninjured.
Astonished, firefighters then went inside and searched for the three dogs. Helmet camera video shows the discovery of Brutus, a Siberian husky, unconscious in the kitchen.
“There was a dog lying under a chair and debris blew out from the ceiling and windows. The dog didn’t move, at the time was dead,” Lt. Connor Milton of the Islip Fire Department said. know.
Crouched upstairs are two larger dogs.
“Both were barely out of breath. We immediately started giving the dog oxygen. I was able to put an elevated airway on the dog,” 1st Asst. Sheriff Jared Gunst said.
They cool the dogs with fire hoses and cure burns. Gunst, also a Suffolk police paramedic, has just undergone the usual dog rescue training for police dogs.
“It’s really unheard of to actually learn medical treatment for these animals,” says Gunst.
“I watched them do CPR like they would do a person, on my front lawn,” added Piniella.
Theodore, a Malamute, was suffocated with smoke. Luna, another Husky, was burned.
“How is it possible that he had trained like the days before and used it on three dogs that needed him there that day,” Piniella said.
Her home has been lost, but, one by one, the dogs will recover. The family acknowledges an unimaginable effort by the community, saying they will be forever grateful.
Firefighters said they hadn’t given it much thought. They said they all have their own dogs and treat them like family.
The cause of the fire, which is believed to be non-criminal, is under investigation.
Islip Terrace firefighters Matthew Arthurs and Danny Blasucci broke the basement window and pulled the woman to safety.
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