By Autumn Waite, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer.
On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Engine 76 from Mill Creek was driving back to their station from training when they witnessed a vehicle hit a dog on 180th St. SE just west of Highway 9 in Clearview.
Lieutenant Joe Basta and firefighters Jeff Chichester and Matt Suhayda quickly pulled over along with many other witnesses, including the person who could not avoid hitting the dog.
The dog had landed in a ditch and was obviously in a lot of pain with serious injuries. The crew knew the dog needed medical attention quickly, and much like a human patient, needed to be transported as cautiously as possible to prevent further injury.
Crews carefully placed the dog on a backboard and transported it just up the street to the Clearview Animal Hospital. The owner of the dog was located and followed the crew to the hospital.
We are happy to report the dog is home, and while she still has injuries that are being treated, she is on the road to recovery.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Clearview Animal Hospital for the quick work they did to save the dog’s life. We would also like to thank the bystanders that assisted our crews.