BY BRYNA ZUMER, firstname.lastname@example.org
5:12 PM EST, February 14, 2013
The dog rescued from a house fire in Churchville on Monday made a special visit back to the fire company volunteers who saved him.
The Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association posted a group photo of smiling firefighters from the Level Volunteer Fire Company with the black Labrador retriever they helped rescue from a home on Aldino Road Monday afternoon.
"The family explained they had a dog inside on the second floor," Level Fire Chief Daniel Hawkins said Thursday. "At that point, the dog was semi-conscious but having trouble breathing."
Emergency personnel took the dog from the scene on a stretcher after administering oxygen to it.
No one else was injured in the fire.
"The family black [Labrador retriever] was pulled from the structure by the first crews on scene," according to the Fire and EMS Association Facebook page. "The dog was treated at the scene and turned over to animal control. As of last report from the homeowner, the dog is expected to make a full recovery."
Hawkins said it is a "rare occasion" when the fire company rescues an animal and he said it was nice of the family to stop by again.
"We enjoyed knowing that the other side is fine and we were very surprised that they did come, we got to see the outcome," he said. "They just stopped by to say thank you."
The company knew the dog would pull through later that day, but initially, "it was just questionable because they did not know how long he had been there," Hawkins said.
On Facebook, association spokesman Rich Gardiner posted: "The family and dog from the Aldino house fire made a surprise visit to the Level VFC yesterday. The dog is doing great. Good job everyone."
The fire caused $75,000 damage to the dwelling and its contents but no one was injured, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.