Firefighter Captain Saves Family’s Chihuahua
What’s the worst thing when are victim of a house fire? Is it losing your valuables, your photographs or the roof over your head?
It’s losing people and animals. If all the people are safe, the next thing you worry about are your animals. Have you ever wondered if firefighters would search for your dog as much as they would search for you?
This question arose when a family in San Bernadino worried about their little chihuahua.
The fire was out and the smoke cleared and everybody was accounted for.
But the family’s little chihuahua was still in the house.
The homeowners hesitantly asked if the firefighters would be able to take a look if they might find their little dog.
Of course they do! Firefighters want to help however they can. So a few of them went right back in to look.
A fire early Tuesday, Oct. 27, may have displaced a San Bernardino family, but thanks to a firefighter, the family’s Chihuahua was saved.
That thanks goes to fellow Chihuahua owner Capt. Kevinn Whitaker, who entered the house after the smoke cleared, found the dog and resuscitated him.
Once the fire was out and the smoke cleared, the homeowners asked if the firefighters could look for their Chihuahua, who didn’t make it out.
Whitaker said he didn’t think twice about saying yes.
“They asked almost like it would have put us out,” Whitaker said. “By all means, we would do it. We get asked all the time to go into the house and find things.
Whitaker and rookie Firefighter Brent Sargenti went in. After searching the house, they lifted a mattress and noticed two little eyes, Whitaker said.
“He was hunkered down in a corner,” Whitaker said. “It’s a hairless Chihuahua, so at first I thought he was burnt.”
“I’m glad we could bring out a little bit of happiness in a tragedy. Doing that really makes our day.”