Dogs and cats aren’t just animals for many people. They are their friends, relatives, and a significant part of their lives. When an accident occurs, they may be just as concerned about their pets as any other family member.
And when their house caught fire, that’s exactly what these boys thought. Fortunately for them, two heroes were on hand to help them solve the problem.
On March 5, when neither of their parents were home, a fire broke out in their home in Central Islip, New York. Two boys, aged 11 and 13, were still able to escape the house. Unfortunately, their dog and cat were left behind, and the poor boys were at a loss for what to do in such a hopeless situation.
Fortunately, one of their neighbors called the cops, and officers from the Suffolk County Police Department arrived quickly.
The boys appeared panicked and in pain as they told the cops that their cat and dog, a 2-year-old tabby named Tiger and a 2-year-old long-haired chihuahua named JJ, were still inside. And the officers made the decision to act quickly and without hesitation.
Rivera and his colleague James Galanos walked in through the back door and immediately noticed JJ near the sofa, dangerously close to the flame. They got the dog out safely, but Tiger was in a much more difficult situation because he was free and fast.
Galanos was the one who returned to find Tiger hiding in the basement and rescued him. He finally managed to get the obstinate boy out after a long struggle.
Both the dog and the cat were unharmed, as were the children, whose mother had gone shopping nearby for a short time. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
JJ and Tiger were saved just in time thanks to the police officers’ bravery and the boys’ love.