Photo of the Week: Firefighter takes in patient’s dog


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This week’s photo comes from Mark Heller, the EMS coordinator with Chatham Fire Rescue in Massachusetts. Pictured is Michael Lopriore and his new foster dog.

A local resident was in need of rehabilitation for a severe medical condition but would not agree to the admission due to concerns for her dog. The dog is the only family she has and provides the resident emotional support. Healthcare workers tried for days to arrange accommodations for the dog to which resident would agree. Finally, Lopriore, who has been responding to the resident’s requests for aid, stepped in and agreed to house the dog and care for her while her owner gets the needed medical care. 

“We just want her to get the care she needs and for her to get better so she can return home healthy,” Lopriore said.

Chatham Fire Chief Peter Connick said he is always proud of the care and service the firefighters provide and added this act just shows how dedicated they are to what they do. Connick also said he hopes the resident gets well and can return home soon.

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