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It doesn't have to a big event or large item that gives people a moment to pause and give thanks. Often times people are thankful for the small acts of kindness demonstrated by complete strangers or the compassion shown towards something they love. One such event occurred on Tuesday morning, November 24. Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics were alerted to a female experiencing a medical emergency while in a taxicab in the District Heights area.
Upon arrival, medics assessed the female patient and determined she needed additional evaluation and treatment at a hospital. There was one tiny problem. The problem was a small Dachshund by the name of “Dolly.” This was one of the patient’s most valued and beloved possessions. She considered declining medical attention if it meant leaving Dolly behind. John L. Scruggs, The PGFD Emergency Medical Services on-duty Supervisor, who just happened to respond on this incident, intervened.
Scruggs promised that he and firefighter/medics at the District Heights Fire/EMS Station would take care of Dolly until a family member could make arrangements to come by the station and pick her up.
So it was that Dolly spent a better part of the day at the fire station. It appears from the pictures that Dolly was well taken care of and received a considerable amount of attention.
Someone did stop by later in the day and retrieved Dolly. We wish our patient well and a speedy recovery. The District Heights personnel said to bring Dolly by for a visit every so often.
Giving thanks for the small actions that make a big difference in someone’s life.
On behalf of the entire Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department we wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
Images are courtesy of PGFD.