Dog of fallen hero saved by fire crews
Newport rescue workers administer oxygen to Hero the dog Tuesday night after a fire at the home of his owners, Skip and Rhonda Rollins. (COURTESY)
“Knowing what we were going into there, it made it extremely difficult — we knew this dog had a lot of meaning to them because they lost their son in Iraq and it was just a great save,” Fire Chief Wayne Conroy said Wednesday.
The dog’s story gained national attention after his parents asked military officials if they could keep the puppy.
Conroy, who knows the family well, said one of the first firefighters to arrive is a good friend of the Rollins. Knowing the couple had several pets, firefighters went into rescue mode, Conroy said.
“He was probably going to pass away of smoke inhalation if we hadn’t got to him,” the chief said of Hero.
The fire, which caused extensive smoke damage throughout the house, was under control by 7:30 p.m. The living room, kitchen and basement around the wood stove suffered fire damage.
The family stayed at another son’s house Tuesday night, but the Red Cross has contacted the fire department and offered to find temporary housing for the Rollins.
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