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Doctor donates pet life-saving kits to fire department

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 04:12:54 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 12:16:04 PM CST

Just two days before Christmas, a local doctor was able to help the Johnson City Fire Department get nine life-saving kits for family pets.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Dr. Becky Copeland spends most of her days taking care of patients, but that's not her only passion. "First and foremost, I love animals," said Dr. Copeland.

One day, while reading a story about a pet being rescued from a fire, she realized that pets need some of the same life-saving support as people do. "It just occurred to me, I wonder if they have pet rescue equipment on board the fire trucks? That idea kind of percolated in my head for a year. And I thought this might be a great Christmas project," she said.

Just two days before Christmas, a local doctor was able to help the Johnson City Fire Department get nine life-saving kits for family pets. The kits include animal-sized oxygen masks.

Every fire engine in the city will be equipped with these kits. "This has the same principle as what we would do for a human who is breathless," said JCFD Captain Lynn Peters.

We learned the kits cost about $30 each. All of the kits have arrived and will be ready to use at the beginning of 2014.