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First responders and mans best friend

On Sunday, I went out to a fire at an apartment complex on Rockford’s southeast side. When I arrived, I saw something that was new to me. A dog was laying in the parking lot under blankets breathing through an oxygen mask.

dog breathing through oxygen mask

A dog receives oxygen after suffering from smoke inhalation Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the scene of a fire at the Beacon Hill apartment complex in Rockford. MAX GERSH/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR ©2012

A firefighter came over to adjust the mask. He also tried to comfort the dog.

firefighter giving dog oxygen

Cherry Valley firefighter Kyle Wigget adjusts an oxygen mask on a dog Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, after a fire took the life of another dog at the Beacon Hill apartment complex in Rockford. MAX GERSH/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR ©2012

No people were injured in the fire but one dog did die. The pictured dog is reportedly recovering well.

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