Saturday, September 24

Local Islip Fire Departments Honored with National ASPCA Award for Heroic Act


As we all know, not all heroes wear capes. With the deepened appreciation for unsung heroes over the pandemic, it is now more important than ever to recognize those answering the call to protect and serve our communities.

On the morning of July 17, 2022, firefighters from Islip Terrace Fire Department, Islip Fire Department, and East Islip Fire Department bravely rescued a 19-year-old woman and three large dogs from a house fire on Long Island, putting themselves at risk for the safety and well-being of people and animals in a heroic act. Now, the departments are being honored with the ASPCA Public Service Award at the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in October.

Every year, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) honors animal heroes who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts, as well as individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to assisting at-risk animals. All three groups – the Islip Terrace Fire Department, Islip Fire Department, and East Islip Fire Department – will be receiving the ASPCA Public Service Award, which is given to a individuals or organizations who have gone above and beyond for animal welfare:

  • Islip firefighters rescued three trapped dogs (two Siberian Huskies and an Alaskan Malamute) and a 19-year-old woman from a house fire on Long Island. Discovering two of the dogs were unconscious and barely breathing, the firefighters immediately began chest compressions and cooled off the dogs with a fire hose. The dramatic rescue was captured on video, inspiring people nationwide.
  • ​The rescued woman and all three dogs survived thanks to these heroic firefighters’ skills and quick thinking. The collaborating departments—who serve more than 14,000 residents combined—acted not only on their duty but also on their deep compassion for people and animals in need.


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