Chula Vista firefighter bravely recovers dog from underground pipe

Chula Vista firefighter bravely recovers dog from underground pipe
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The scared whimpers of a little dog which had been missing from his Eastlake home for days led to a courageous rescue by a Chula Vista firefighter Thursday morning.

Chula Vista firefighter Jed Burt bravely crawled into a drainage pipe to save an Eastlake family's dog on Thursday, November 15.

The 30-pound dog, Sammy, disappeared from his home in Eastlake Trails Monday, according to Chula Vista Fire Department officials.

Early Thursday morning, Sammy’s family noticed sounds coming from a drainage pipe near their home on Secret Canyon Place.

Family members called the fire department which responded, along with Chula Vista Public Works crews and Chula Vista Police, to find the dog in an 18-inch drainage pipe underground.

Firefighter Jed Burt went down a manhole and crawled through the drainage pipe, which was roughly the size of his helmet, to reach Sammy.

When the dog refused to come out on his own, Burt pushed the dog through the pipe to another manhole nearby.

Video posted on the IAFF Local 2180 Chula Vista Firefighters union Instagram account shows the moment Sammy reached the surface.

View this post on Instagram                   @chulavistafirefighters with teamwork from @thinkchulavista Public Works and @chulavistapd have successfully rescued “Sammy” a neighborhood dog in Eastlake Trails. “Sammy” was in an 18” pipe underground for nearly 4 days. #thisischula #confinedspacerescue #dogsofinstagram #dogrescue #rescue

Sammy, a small dog that appeared to be a Pomeranian mix, had been missing from his home in Eastlake since Monday, his owners said.

They thought he was in the storm drain and looked for him until they could pinpoint his exact location.

Firefighters brought out their heavy equipment to North Creekside Drive and pinpointed the location of Sammy through his barks.

The rescuers were able to push Sammy through the pipe to a secondary point in order to get the dog to the surface, he said. 

    View this post on Instagram         @chulavistafirefighters with teamwork from @thinkchulavista Public Works and @chulavistapd have successfully rescued “Sammy” a neighborhood dog in Eastlake Trails. “Sammy” was in an 18” pipe underground for nearly 4 days. #thisischula #confinedspacerescue #dogsofinstagram #dogrescue #rescue


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