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Verbatim: PETA honors dog-saving fire department

Statement issued Friday:

Orland, Ind. – For rescuing a dog from the icy waters of Lake Pleasant, the Orland Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive PETA's Compassionate Fire Department Award.

Last Sunday, Orland rescue crews were dispatched to Lake Pleasant after a dog named Sandy fell through the ice, apparently while chasing a marsh rat. According to news reports, certified ice rescue technician Mike Garrison picked his way across the half-inch-thick ice to reach the dog. As Garrison approached her, the ice gave way, and he wound up in the water too. Garrison soothed and held the dog as crew members pulled them both to safety.

"The compassion and heroism shown by the Orland Community Volunteer Fire Department is an inspiration," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Orland is very fortunate to have first responders who are ready to protect and serve both residents and their beloved animal companions."

The fire department will receive a framed certificate, vegan chocolates, and a letter of appreciation.