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The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has developed the reputation of being one of the very best in doing everything we can do to assist our citizens, residents and their pets. In the past we have rescued, revived or resuscitated numerous pets including eagles, sea gulls, wild and domestic birds, dogs, cats, snakes and rabbits. The Fire/EMS Department has been recognized by animal advocate groups including receiving two Compassionate Fire Department Awards from PETA and have recently partnered with the SPCA of Anne Arundel County to help save pets rescued from home fires.
It is no surprise when a family experiencing a "crisis" with their pets look to the Fire/EMS Department for help. It seems natural. On Saturday, May 3, 2014 a family went to the Pointer Ridge Fire/EMS Station 843 at around 8:00 am with a pet rabbit that had it's head caught in between bars of a hard wired cage. The officer-in-charge of the station wasted no time in directing his personnel to perform the very delicate removal of the rabbit. With fellow firefighters and family members looking on, Firefighters Leonard Davis, Harvey Bias and Thomas McDonald went to work. The rabbit had been trying frantically to free itself and had to be held by one of the firefighters while careful cutting of the hard wired bars was being performed. The station officer, Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Matthew McCloskey stated, "After about 10 minutes of carefully cutting the bars around his head the rabbit was free." Firefighters used bolt cutters and wire snips to perform the delicate extrication.
The family was extremely grateful and expressed their sincerest thanks to the firefighters.