New Jersey Police Officer Saves Entire Pet Store from Fire

Sometimes people say not me when it comes to thinking about facing a danger that you experience. As a law-enforcement officer, they face this every day, I’m just not sure about this type of incident.

A New Jersey pet store caught on fire due to an electronic malfunction. No one knew about it or even saw it coming. Officer Rafael Burgos was the first on the scene, and that’s when he and his partner went to work.

They ran into the building and saved ALL the animals. As you will read below, smoke inhalation for animals is way worse than it is for humans. What a great act of heroism.

From Good News Network:

Dozens of pets are now safe and sound thanks to one heroic police officer who put himself in harm’s way just to save them.

When the Route 23 Pet Center in Franklin, New Jersey went up in flames due to an electrical malfunction, police were first to arrive on the scene.

Though the building was already filled with smoke, Officer Rafael Burgos conducted an investigation of the facilities to make sure there were no staffers trapped inside. Once he was sure that there were no human workers in the building, he got to work evacuating all the frightened, caged animals.

Though humans are capable of sustaining a large amount of smoke inhalation, dog lungs are much more sensitive to irritation. If Burgos had not acted as quickly as he did, many of the pets could have perished from the smoke or flames.

They have been moved to another veterinary center for treatment, while Burgos was taken to a local hospital. The courageous hero is expected to make a full recovery despite the smoke inhalation.

All life is precious, and I believe the officers that helped these animals will be rewarded in their lives. Not everyone can do this, but I am glad they were there to do it.

What do you think about these officers risking their lives for pets? Share this amazing act with your family and friends!

Wayne Dupree

Wayne is a freelance writer who was named the 2015 American Conservative Union Blogger of the Year and awarded the 2014 Podcast Of the Year; Best in Show. He has over 160K followers on Twitter (@WayneDupreeShow) and over 300K followers on Facebook (@WayneDupreeShow). In 2016, he was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans by Newsmax.

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  • I love to read articles such as this. Officer Burgos is a true hero, protecting the lives of the animals in the store. To non-animal lovers, this is probably not a big deal but to me and many other animal lovers, his heroism is above and beyond and I hope he recovers quickly from the harmful smoke he stopped the animals from enduring. Thank you Officer Burgos. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones. :)

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