MacGyver just called. He's at the fire department on shift today. They were called to a MVA (motor vehicle accident) where a guy wrapped his car around a tree. Evidently he had several outstanding warrants and was trying to outrun the police. He was out of the car and in custody when they arrived but was, in technical terms, messed up. Unfortunately, his dog was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated. Another innocent life saved! This was not his first time his expertise was called on to save a member of the canine species.
Last month they were just getting back from a call when someone started knocking on the bay doors. Mac opened the door to find a hysterical woman. Her dog was in respiratory distress and was in the back of her car. She threw him in the back of the car and drove to the nearest station. He called to the other guys and they went out to the car to find an old shepherd mix struggling to breathe. They put a canine mask on him and gave him oxygen. They keep them on their rigs for use in fires, mainly, but definitely came in handy today. The dog's normal vet was closed so they took him to Alameda East which is the same Alameda East from Animal Planet's Emergency Vets. They were able to take him in and get him all fixed up. Evidently he had something like a paralyzed trachea. This was not his first time saving a dog or hysterical pet owner. I'll have to blog about the first time another day. I have a feeling this won't be his last save.