Video: Heroic cops rescued dog from porch of raging apartment fire

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Heroic cops from Atlanta rescued a dog from the porch of a raging apartment complex fire on January 6. An officer’s body camera videoed first responders when they spotted the dog lying on the open porch at the abandoned apartment. According to the City of Atlanta Police Department’s Facebook page, Officer Robert Winkler grabbed the unconscious dog from the flames while Officer Austin Denninger carried the pup to safety.

While an EMT worked to resuscitate the dog, an oxygen mask was placed over his face to help him breathe:

“We are so incredibly proud of the compassion and love our officers showed for this animal. We also thank the firefighters with Atlanta Fire Rescue and Grady’s emergency responders for helping save Smokey.”

Once conscious, the incredibly lucky pup was still shivering. Leave it to Officer Amy Soeldner – taking off her own coat and wrapping the dog up until he was ready to be transported to the shelter for care.

The City of Atlanta Police Department have since posted that the dog, appropriately dubbed Smokey, is at a local shelter where he is now available for adoption. More information about Smokey is available from the LifeLine Animal Project at Fulton County Animal Services.

Check out the video: (Note – happy tissue alert)

APD officers save dog from apartment fire

APD CARES: On the night of January 7, 2018, Atlanta Police Department officers in Zone 1 saved a dog from an apartment fire at Mayson Turner Rd. and Joseph E. Boone Blvd. Below is body camera footage obtained from Officer Robert Winkler. He quickly pulled the dog to safety and Officer Austin Denninger carried the dog away from the fire. Officer Markevis Holloway then contacted APD’s Animal Cruelty Liaison Senior Police Officer Amy Soeldner for assistance at the scene. SPO Soeldner wrapped the dog in her coat while Grady EMT Jesse Johnson provided him with oxygen. The dog was resuscitated and turned over to Fulton County Animal Services for an overnight stay at a veterinary hospital. The dog has now taken on the name “Smokey” and is available for adoption. Information on how to adopt Smokey here: are so incredibly proud of the compassion and love our officers showed for this animal, thank you. We also thank the firefighters with Atlanta Fire Rescue and Grady’s emergency responders for helping save Smokey.#Respect #BestandBrightest #AnimalLovers #AdoptMe #RescueDog

Posted by City of Atlanta Police Department on Monday, January 22, 2018


Many thanks to our men and women in blue. We thank you for your service – and so does Smokey!

(Photos and video of heroic cops save dog from burning porch via Facebook)

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13 replies
  1. Red says:

    Thank God it was firemen and emergency people. Police would have just kicked him out of the way.
    THANK YOU to all who rescued this poor dog!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    Fire Fighters are 99% great and compassionate animal advocates and will DO EVERYTHING in their power to rescue and protect ALL animals … Police need to take notice!!!

  3. Ezgi Melody says:


  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    HUGE THANK YOU to all you stepped up and rescued this dog – you saved a life – Now I hope Smokey gets the safe loving home he so well deserves.


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