Concord Firefighters Win Award For Rescuing Cow From Icy Pond


A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, which sprang into action on Monday afternoon after a local farmer noticed that all the cows in his pasture were staring at the frozen-over pond, where a cow named Julie had fallen through the ice. Mt. Pleasant Engine 1 and Rescue 1 arrived on the scene, where crews used an inflatable rescue boat, a sledgehammer, and a chainsaw to maneuver through at least 10 inches of ice and 12 feet of water, reach Julie’s side, and guide her to safety with ropes.

Deputy Chief Dustin Sneed said of the rescue, “Any time a life’s involved, whether it be an animal or a person, we do anything we [can] to make the best of it.”

Photos courtesy of WSOC-TV

“These brave firefighters didn’t hesitate to help this cow escape from her life-threatening predicament,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will receive a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, vegan jerky, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day diet plan for vegan meals.