American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Spirit of the Hero Breakfast: Animal Rescue Hero Award

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The American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which covers Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and York Counties, honored 16 people with nine different awards during the 14th Annual Spirit of the Hero Award Breakfast held at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Recipients were honored for their heroic and, or selfless acts that improve our communities and show all of us that not all heroes wear capes.

Animal Rescue Hero Award:

In December 2015, the York City Fire Department and White Rose Ambulance were dispatched to a multi-home fire on the 700 block of West Princess Street in the city of York.

As the flames were brought under control, firefighters were told that two dogs were still inside the structure. Entering the building, Firefighter Erik Swanson located the first pet and quickly removed him from the home. Barely breathing and suffering from smoke inhalation, Deputy Fire Chief Chad Deardorff, Paramedic Miguel Cabrera, and EMT Christina Sneering administered oxygen using a pet resuscitation mask. Meanwhile, Swanson reentered the building, where he located and removed the second dog, who appeared to be unharmed. As the condition of the first dog stabilized, Paramedic Ted Hake transported both pets to the veterinary hospital, where they were able to receive emergency care.

Our pets are part of our family, and thanks to the efforts of these fine first responders, both dogs are happy, healthy and back home with their owners.


Firefighter Erik Swanson

Deputy Fire Chief Chad Deardoff

Paramedic Miguel Cabrera

EMT Christina Sneeringer

Paramedic Ted Hake


Fire Chief David Michaels


Aaron Kohr (White Rose Bar & Grill)

Dwight Utz (PeoplesBank)

Source: American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania