Res­cue with a dif­fer­ence

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Julie Hem­mings with Archie and Blue Watch who res­cued the Par­son Ter­rier

Firefighters were able to re­unite a lost dog with its owner af­ter they posted about find­ing him on so­cial me­dia. Avon Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice Blue Watch at Hicks Gate fire sta­tion took care of Archie, an 11-year-old par­son ter­rier, af­ter an of­fi­cer in a ser­vice ve­hi­cle was flagged down by two school girls. Archie, who had wan­dered off from his home in Keyn­sham at around 8am, im­me­di­ately jumped straight into the of­fi­cer’s car and sat in the front seat. Crews reached out to lo­cal res­i­dents through the Keyn­sham com­mu­nity Face­book group while Archie was be­ing cared for by firefighters in the sta­tion’s ken­nels. The mes­sage reached Archie’s owner, who col­lected later him that day. An­gelo Vancheri, Blue Watch crew man­ager at Hicks Gate, said: “It was re­ally lovely to be able to re­unite Archie and his owner. “It’s not of­ten that we end up with lost dogs on sta­tion but thanks to a lo­cal com­mu­nity group we were able to track down the owner and safely re­turn Archie. “We are also grate­ful to the school girls who flagged down the emer­gency ve­hi­cle, rather than leav­ing the dog alone and lost. “Archie was very friendly and had a great time on sta­tion. We hope that we can see him again, though prefer­ably with his owner.” Archie’s owner Julie Hem­mings ad­mit­ted to not usu­ally us­ing Face­book. She said: “I was so grate­ful to the firefighters. You don’t think about firefighters hav­ing ken­nels but he looked so at home. “We don’t use Face­book nor­mally but my hus­band had men­tioned Archie was miss­ing to a work col­league and he showed him the post. “We were look­ing for him all morn­ing so when my hus­band called to say he was at Hicks Gate, I went straight there. “I’m just so thank­ful he is okay and that the firefighters took care of him.”

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