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St Charles County Paramedics Rescue Dogs From O'Fallon Fire

Three family members safely escaped a fire at their home in the 700 block of Red Hawk Drive in O'Fallon on Monday.

After an O'Fallon family managed to escape their home that caught fire on Monday night, local paramedics rescued two of their pets that were left behind. 

According to a news release from the St. Charles County Ambulance District, a home in the 700 block of Red Hawk Drive in O'Fallon went up in flames at 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. 

O'Fallon and Wentzville firefighters extinguished the fire, which started in the
basement of the home. 

Martin Limpert a spokesman for the ambulance district, said
that fortunately, all three residents were able to escape unharmed
and take one of their dogs with them. But two dogs and a cat were left behind due to smoke in the home. 

Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters brought all three animals to paramedics Donna Lorson and Kevin Griffith, who performed CPR, massage and oxygen therapy on each pet.

According to Limpert, paramedics successfully revived both dogs using the donated pet oxygen mask kits each ambulance carries.

O’Fallon Police officers transported Molly, a Poodle type mix and Sophie, a Chihuahua to the Animal Emergency Clinic in O’Fallon.

Limpert said Molly’s condition is stable and appears to be doing
well, while Sophie is still battling some neurological issues due to
being oxygen deprived.

O'Fallon Patch will update with more information if it becomes available. 

Jim Frain January 15, 2013 at 06:26 PM
A special thanks to O'Fallon's and Wentzville's Firefighters for saving the lives of Molly the poodle and Sophie the chuhuahua using the donated pet oxygen pet mask kits each ambulance carrier...Blessings to the person or organization who donated the mask kits...The "good are amongst us"!
Jordan Lanham January 15, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Agreed Jim! Thank you to all the first responders who help keep all of the members of our family safe...no matter how small! I'm trying to find out more information in case anyone is interested in helping this family out. I'll hopefully have an update later!
Bonnie Susan Horner January 15, 2013 at 09:52 PM
This is awesome that someone donated masks for the animals.
Robert Cathcart January 16, 2013 at 04:42 AM
I saw the fireman/paramedic revive a dog last summer. A house caught fire one night in the bayfield subdivision, they carried a dog out and worked on the dog for over 20 mins. Then the dog woke up and wagged its tail. It was amazing! Thanks guys!
Sherri January 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM
I want to Thank O'Fallon and Wentzville Fire Fighters in their quick response in getting to the Fire and seeing that My Sister, Sherri Ferris, Brother In-Law, Kenny Ferris and My Nephew, Drew Ferris were taken care of and made it out safe. I also want to Thank the FireFighters and the Animal Emergency Clinic in seeing that Katie, Mollie and Sophie were also taken good care of. Thanks to these Special Men and Woman My Family is Alive, Well and Still with Us. No one is ever ready or knows when a tragedy will occur. They have lost much but gained more...Strength, Faith, Love, Family, And Friends. Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” And if you’re committed to God, He promises that He can and will take whatever pain you’re experiencing and draw something good from it. I send My Love.... Love Tammy Snell and Family!
Tammy Lynn Snell January 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I also appreciate all the effort the Fire Fighters and Animal Emergency did in trying to save Huey. Huey was a Beautiful Cat that My Sister Sherri had Rescued from the Animal Shelter and will be Deeply missed by Kenny, Drew and Sherri. I am so sorry Huey did not make it. Love and Prayers TAMMY

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