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Providing Fire Departments With Pet Masks Becomes GoFundMe Goal

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Cortlandville firefighter Kevin Whitney was the first to arrive on the scene and quickly entered the residence, since it was reported the residence may be occupied. Firefighter Whitney emerged from the residence carrying Max, a pitbull, who was trapped inside the residence. Members of the Sheriff’s Office and Steve Foote, from the McLean Fire Department, quickly began CPR on Max, taking turns holding him and performing chest compressions, along with using a resuscitation breath mask. Initially, they were able to regain a pulse from Max, but tragically Max died from smoke inhalation. Although they were unable to save Max, it was an amazing effort on the part of everyone involved and they did everything they could to give Max a chance. The Officers pictured are Chris Estep, Josh Parente and Peter Wright. (Info/photo from Cortlandville Fire Department)

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to a fire Friday morning at Penguin Trailer Park, helping two people with housing, food and clothing.

The family dog died in the fire, despite efforts by first responders to resuscitate the pet.

Cortlandville Fire Department has the Pet Masks, and other departments could use some.

Brian Pendell of Cortland has started a GoFundMe page to raise money that could provide masks and training for all area departments and K-9 teams.


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