Amazing Animal Rescue in LA River

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 identified as Firefighter St. George, repelled from a helicopter and wrestled the frightened German Sherperd into a harness with which he was airlifted out of the river and onto the roadway. Our hero, Firefighter St. George is currently being treated at LA County USC Medical Center for wounds to his hands suffered in the rescue.

In a further act of compassion, the firefighters then placed the cold, wet and frightened dog into their paramedic truck to be taken to safety.

The Shepherd is currently being housed at:
Seaaca Animal Shelter
9777 Seaaca Street,
Downey, CA 90241
Phone: 562 803-3301

These rescuers are our heroes, folks!!

As reported by Captain Steve Ruda from LA City Fire, these fire fighters came from Fire Station 44 in the Atwater Village area on Cyprus Avenue. The helicopter team came from Air Operations in Van Nuys, CA. The incident Commander was Chief Manning at Division Commander Headquarters.

linda_milazzo.jpgAs one who has New York Fire Department family members, as well as family members who are volunteer fire fighters in several areas of New York State, including one very dedicated volunteer Fire Chief, I’ve spent my lifetime in awe of these great heroes.

As an animal lover, I’m even more in awe today. Thank you guys for a job well done!!

Linda Milazzo

Published by the LA Progressive on January 22, 2010
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About Linda Milazzo

Linda Milazzo is a Los Angeles based participatory journalist and educator. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development projects and educational programs.

Linda began her writing career in advertising and promotions. From 1976 to 1989, she operated an independent public relations service providing specialty writing for individual and corporate clients. A socio-political activist since the Vietnam war, Linda has focused on political writing since 2002. Her essays, letters and commentaries have appeared in domestic and international journals, newspapers and magazines. She's an educator and creator of a writers' program she's taught privately and in public schools.

Linda has facilitated an advocacy writing workshop and has developed an advocacy writing program for implementation in public and private educational institutions and in community based organizations. She's a regular contributor to numerous high profile and highly respected news and opinion websites.