Friday, 20 July, 2018

North Reading police, fire crews save the life of choking puppy

DOG DAY AFTERNOON Above North Reading police officer Jorge Hernandez left and firefighter paramedic Chris Hadley describe how a choking dog was saved. The drama was caught on police station video North Reading police, fire crews save the life of choking puppy
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 15:54

"If you see someone or something that is in distress you do what you can to help and that's what we're trained to do, and that's what we did", said North Reading Police Department Officer Peter DiPietro. "The puppy had choked on some food, and he was limp, his eyes were closed and there was foam around his mouth and nose".

The dog was eventually revived and given oxygen by firefighters.

Police and fire crews are being commended after saving the life of a choking puppy in the lobby of the North Reading Police station Sunday.

The North Reading Police say the dog's owner ran to the police station on Sunday after her dog, Bodhi, began choking on food.

They rushed to North Reading PD, where Officer Jorge Hernandez jumped into action.

Emergency services worked for 10 minutes on the animal.

The officers quickly did a modified "Heimlich maneuver" to dislodge whatever the puppy was choking on. "We do not get to choose the emergency situation that comes our way, so it is important that first responders be prepared for anything", Chief Don Stats said.

"Ultimately, a life was saved thanks to rescuers falling back on their training and remaining calm", police Chief Michael P. Murphy said.

Vitale then took the puppy to be treated by a veterinarian.

The puppy is now recovering at a local vet, reports said.