Firefighters Save Dog’s Life With CPR

By Ben Wolf
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Meet Dash, a dog with much to be thankful for. Just two days after Christmas his owner’s Christmas tree caught fire, setting the house ablaze.

"The only thing we could do was get outside and get everybody out," said homeowner Roger Culpepper.

All except one... tiny Dash.

Seven-year-old Jacob Culpepper quickly told firefighters the dog was trapped in the burning home.

"He was the one I was actually almost worried. I was worried about him."

Then it was two Valdosta firefighters to the rescue. It was in this closet where firefighters found the Culpepper's dog Dash unconscious. They rushed him outside, performed CPR and saved his life.

"We're happy to do it because we know pets are considered members of the family," said firefighter Scot Williams.

Roger Culpepper realizes something too. He has much to be thankful for as he begins 2007.

"To think what would it have been like to have been one of our children, that would have made it way worse."

The Valdosta Fire Department responded to the fire in six minutes. The home is located in a section of the city that was annexed last fall.