Hero Firefighter Saves Dog From Raging Los Angeles River


In addition to reporting heavy rain and thunder during an afternoon storm in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, concerned citizens contacted the Los Angeles Fire Department to tell them that a little brown dog was floating in a rain-swollen river. A helicopter team rushed to the place where the dog was spotted and saved him in a dramatic helicopter rescue. Firefighter John Terrusa was lowered from the chopper into the raging river where he swam over to the dog and saved his life. LAFD Capt. Scott Bowman told KABC-TV that the brave men were worried that they wouldn’t reach the pooch on time.

“As we were watching the dog one of the worst things was we kept seeing the dog submerge and then he’d pop back up. Each time he submerged we were worried he may not come up again.”

Since they managed to rescue the dog, they dubbed him Lucky. LA Animal Services Director Jan Selder says that the dog is doing great and recovering from the incident.

“He is doing great, he has bounced back from his ordeal. He is an awesome dog. He is potty trained, walks on a leash and puts his head on your lap when you pet his head, which means he had a home.”

Sadly, no one has come forward to claim Lucky, but Selder is not worried. If his owners don’t claim him by Thursday, the pooch will go up for adoption. However, hundreds of people have called the shelter to provide Lucky a new home and the authorities are certain that he will be in good hands in no time.

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