Officers rescue family pets during Cooroibah fire


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Efforts of all sorts continue by QPS Officers and other emergency services in communities effected as a result of fires burning across the state.

A local Cooroibah community member, recently affected by the Sunshine Coast bushfires made a desperate plea for someone to help her and her family save their pet dogs – Lottie and Violet.

Senior Constable Brew with Lottie and Violet

Having gone to work and school for the day, as the emergent circumstances unfolded, the local woman and her family knew they wouldn’t be able to get back to their property in time.

After finding out access to the home was going to be out of the question, desperate pleas for help on social media were made to save the family pets now under threat and trapped in a fire restricted zone.

Thankfully, Senior Constable Gary Hall became aware of the pets in need when a family member came across the plea for help.

He and fellow Road Policing Task Force Officers from Boondall Police Station; Senior Constable Donnamarie Brew and Senior Constable Myles Atherton instigated a rescue mission.

Senior Constable Hall contacted his colleagues deployed to help during the fires, who immediately took off in the direction of the fire.

Senior Constable Brew said they knew they had to move fast because they were inside the fire restricted zone.

“When we arrived, there were flames directly opposite the pets’ family’s house,” Senior Constable Brew said.

“It’s so fortunate that we were able to arrive in time and had the capacity to go straight there and help.”

Once Lottie and Violet were both safe, Senior Constable Brew and Senior Constable Atherton contacted their colleague and told him the dogs were safe and sound in the back of the police vehicle.

Following the rescue, contact was able to be made with the local woman who was completely unaware that her precious pups had been saved.

Senior Constable Hall called her and let her know that both Lottie and Violet were safe and with police.

A meeting point in a safe location was organised for the dogs’ owners to be able to collect them.

The dogs looked about as happy and excited to see their owners as they were to see them.

John Scott from ABC said Emergency Service workers do a wonderful job all the time, but particularly on this occasion.

“They just do an amazing job without much sleep and they just keep going and rise to the occasion,” Mr Scott said.

“It really restores your faith in humanity.”

After being reunited with their owners, Lottie and Violet were treated to BBQ chicken for dinner, big bowls of water and a nice, warm bath.

Click here to hear the audio from the ABC recording.

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