On Tuesday during a fire in an apartment building at 11th and Rhode Island Avenue, Berlin went to great lengths to save a small dog fleeing the burning building. The 11 year-old Rat Terrier named “Lucy” was suffering from serious burns when she was fleeing the scene through busy traffic.
“Officer Berlin’s dedication to the care and safety of this dog is a shining example of what we strive to do every day – make a difference in the lives of the animals and the people we serve,” said LaFontaine. “Officer Berlin put himself in harm’s way for to save Lucy’s life and that exemplifies what this award is all about. He is a hero to Lucy and her family, to our organization and to the people of the District of Columbia.”
Officer Berlin arrived at the scene of the burning apartment building at the same time Lucy was seen running from the burning building. Berlin realized the dog was suffering serious burn wounds and chased the dog in and out of traffic for several blocks to safely secure her. Once Lucy was secured, a paramedic on scene transported Berlin and Lucy to City Paws veterinary clinic for treatment.
Lucy has been reunited with her owner and is currently recovering from her burns.
About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL-WHS)
The Washington Humane Society -Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region.