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Firefighter Saves Dogs, Then Pays Their Medical Bills

Firefighter Saves Dogs, Then Pays Their Medical Bills

Utah, my home state, doesn’t always make headlines for positive stories; polygamy, bizarre politics and air pollution are often tied to news about the state. However, community involvement and helping others are characteristics highly regarded in Utah, so I was happy, but not surprised, to hear this story in The Salt Lake Tribune about a firefighter going beyond the call of duty.

When firefighter Tyler Petersen arrived to the scene of the I-15 accident, he found one car with an unresponsive driver and three dogs, two of which were seriously injured. After managing the accident scene, Petersen said he would pay for the medical care of the dogs if someone drove them to the vet.

Petersen made this fateful decision because the motorist was unresponsive and no relatives could be reached. In this emergency scenario, the firefighter knew these injured animals were at risk of being put down.

Karol Johnson, who volunteers for the Brigham City Animal Shelter, quickly traveled to the scene of the accident on Interstate 15 and picked up the three dogs — a black Lab and two poodles. She brought them to the nearby Canyon View Health Center.

After leaving the scene of the accident, the firefighter with the big heart arrived at the pet clinic and learned that one poodle had a broken pelvis and needed surgery. The second poodle required oxygen for an undetermined amount of time, which is an expensive proposition.

At this point the driver’s sons had been contacted and were considering putting one of the poodles down. That is until Petersen said he would pay for the oxygen tank.

The black lab appeared to have escaped serious injury, but the firefighter offered to pay for a cautionary X-ray.

Johnson recalled that the vet bills for the three dogs easily approached $1,000. She was in awe that a stranger would willingly pay the medical bills of pets he did not even know.

Two employees from the Canyon View Animal Health Center hospital also came forward and offered to come in after hours to care for the dogs free-of-charge, as they were so inspired by the sacrifices made by the firefighter.

All in all, a number of good people came together to save these dogs – and make the world a better place.

According to KSL News Radio, Petersen was told the mom and all three dogs are doing well.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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1:56AM PDT on May 11, 2015

Congrats to all who helped these dogs. Great to hear that there are good people out there. Fire-fighters are just awesome.

7:53AM PDT on Apr 4, 2015

Live long and prosper!

3:19AM PST on Jan 12, 2015

What a wonderful thing to do... a real angel. Bless the fire fighter!

4:32AM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

I have heard some of the bad stuff happening in Utah, but this broke that mold.
Obviously there are some wonderful people who live there. Anyone who would care about someone else's pets, has to be a great person! Tyler Petersen and the 2 employees who came in to care for the dogs free of charge are all good guys!
I'm glad Mom and all three of the dogs are doing better!

2:32PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014


9:12AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

A Good man.
Thank you.

1:50PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

There are still some warm bodies in humanity. Thank for sharing the story and even more thanks to Mr. Petersen.

3:58AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014


1:26PM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Heart warming story, thank you.

8:01PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Just awesome

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