Johnston City firefighters revive dog - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Johnston City firefighters revive dog

(Source: Brian Baker) (Source: Brian Baker)
(Source: Brian Baker) (Source: Brian Baker)

A pair of Heartland firefighters are praised as heroes after not only putting out a fire, but resuscitating a family’s dog.

It all started when a family’s Johnston City home on the 1100 block of Washington Avenue caught fire Friday

Residents and officials say emergency crews contained the blaze to the kitchen. No one was home at the time of the fire.

After the fire was out, firefighters came out carrying a 10-month-old dog who they say wasn't breathing, and had a very weak pulse.

Family stood by and watched as Johnston City firefighters Mike Teeling and Tyler Morgan used a specially made oxygen mask to treat the dog.

They say it took about half an hour to bring him back to consciousness and nurse him into good spirits, but to them, it was just like saving anybody else.

"I'm an animal lover myself, dogs, cats, as well as people in our community," Teeling said on Sunday. "So we try to do the best we can do, and our training helps us to do that."

"Usually in a house fire, when we get there the dogs and the people have already gotten out," Morgan added. "We’ve had to do a lot of recoveries of animals after the dogs have passed."

As of Sunday, Titan had a bit of a cough, but was doing just fine at a family member's home.

Now, the renters of the home that caught fire figure out what to do next.

The specialty oxygen mask was donated to the department recently by East Side Grooming Shop out of Minonk, Ill. It remains in their fire truck for every call.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Johnston City firefighters revive dogMore>>

  • Raw Video: Titan

    Raw Video: Titan

    Titan was saved from a house fire in Johnston City, Ill.

Powered by Frankly