Thanks to local firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and a little boy, a sweet dog named Zoey is safe and sound.
Before the rescue mission even began, 15-year-old Zoey had been missing for several days. The terrifying situation is one no dog owner wants to be in, but it was made worse by the fact that Zoey is deaf.
Things started to look up when neighbors began reporting animal sounds that seemed to be coming from all around them. At first, it didn’t make sense, but soon enough, they discovered that poor Zoey had somehow gotten herself stuck inside a storm drain.
Right away, the ArlingtonTx Fire Department began making their way to the sweet pup. Police officers and paramedics joined in, working as hard as they could to set Zoey free.
About halfway through the hot summer day, they managed to get close enough to know that the pup was about 400 feet from the nearest storm drain entrance. In other words, they were close, but not close enough. Worst of all, they were running out of ways to reach her.
Then, as if by fate, a little boy named Hunter Pollard and his family stepped outside their home to lend a hand. With the help of Hunter’s skateboard, the firefighters thought they might just be able to reach Zoey.
“We were just outside talking and immediately after they asked us if we had a skateboard, Hunter sprinted to the car to get his out,” said his mom, Amanda Pollard. “He was so excited to help them out, and it was such a heartwarming moment to experience.”
The firefighters warned Hunter that his skateboard would get covered in sewage, but that didn’t deter him at all. Thanks to his selflessness, they were able to send a firefighter about halfway through the pipe on his back. From there, he grabbed Zoey and pulled her back outside with him!
To thank Hunter for his help, the firefighters later showed up at his school with all sorts of surprises! Along with returning his freshly cleaned and signed skateboard, he was gifted a new board with helmets and pads! They even honored him with a certificate of recognition, a T-shirt, police and fire patches, and badge stickers.
Even his classmates didn’t leave empty-handed. They all received red plastic firefighter helmets, got a tour of a firetruck, and heard a presentation on fire safety at home. Best of all, they had a surprise visitor: Zoey!
As heartbreaking as Zoey’s situation could have been, it ended up showing the world the power of a loving, caring community!
“When you’re at school or out in Arlington, there are a ton of ways you can help out,” police officer Kristi Weil said. “Be kind to others, pick up trash you see on the ground, or even go play with someone who looks lonely on the playground. You don’t have to be a grown-up to be a community helper.”
Check out the incredible rescue in the video below, and share this story to celebrate Zoey’s safe return.
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