03/19/10 245 W, 1 I - + 4 - 4 Appreciation

On Sunday, March 14, at 1:50 p.m., Engine 16 was dispatched to a request for service at Shelly Lake. The requestor's (or as called in the trade, the complainant's) dog was stranded in the middle in the lake. The animal had been swimming (and chasing birds, if memory serves) for an hour, and wouldn't return to shore no matter who was calling its name. The owner was distressed and there may have been talk of swimming to reach the animal. A city park's ranger was on scene, but no boats were available. Presumably locked away for the winter.

The fire department was called, and Engine 16 requested Rescue 3 to respond with its boat. They arrived and with assistance of the ranger, placed their rigid hull inflatable boat in the water. They paddled to the location of the dog, and Roxy was removed from the water about 2:30 p.m. For firefighters this was, well, a day in the park. They had their equipment at the ready, expediently deployed same, and performed their task. For the public, it was a positive example of their fire department in action.

Shelley Lake was busy that day, and Yours Truly (who lives two blocks away) watched and overheard dozens of appreciative remarks and comments and applause from observing citizens. It was a neat of example of positive response to the job. First responders do their work and the public appreciates them. See photos from the incident. We'll call myself Canine Photo 1.

Good job RFD. Why wasn’t the local media all over ths story?

They had rather tell the story of failure,dispare and or the slow response times or the scandal at City Hall etc…

Way to go fellas.
Buckwheat - 03/19/10 - 17:56

Why wasn’t local media present? Well, this occurred on a Sunday afternoon, which is when I suspect the fewest number of “beat reporters” are “listening for action.” The non-dramatic “request for service” dispatch isn’t exactly an attention-getter, and, unless you were monitoring the talkgroups, you wouldn’t hear the particulars of what was happening. That is, you wouldn’t even know that such a rescue was underway. That’s one possible explanation. But I am neither a member of the media, nor play one on television.
Legeros - 03/19/10 - 18:03

I don’t know you may be right. I think you bring up some good points.

But wonder what the media would do if a request for service is dispatched “to clean up” and it was a blood or other body fluids from a signal 103. I wonder if they would be all over it if the incident occurred in South Raleigh or Durham or Fayetteville? Just seeing the live shot from the frazzled reporter at the incident and the boom raised to get the aeriel camera shot of the Police units on scene and a dramatic reading of events that took place.

Just thinking out loud.

But I don’t want to take anything away from the boys on E16 and R3.

Any how….good points Mike. I would just like to see more positive news about the Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement service.

Guess I’ll go back to sleep now.
Buckwheat - 03/19/10 - 18:22

I am a member of the media, and I did hear the call. Mike is right when he suggests that there aren’t a lot of reporters out there to cover a story like this. (They don’t monitor scanners anyway.) Would I have covered it if I knew a dog was being rescued? You bet. However, when I hear a request for service getting dispatched, I often won’t listen to the TAC or OPS channel, because it usually is something like a clean up, or something that would never make the news. Should we cover more stories like this? Absolutely. But there are much, much larger issues at hand here, and being a very small fish in a very large ocean often prevents the coverage of some stories over others. When I realized what was going on, it was too late to get someone there, as the hard working Firefighters had already got the dog out of the water. If only Mike would sell his pics to us media types… ;)
J.A.F.O. - 03/20/10 - 13:56

In my next life, maybe I will be a photojournalist. Thanks for the other-side input!
Legeros - 03/20/10 - 13:59

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