"A breed of satin and steel. Pit bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business, all wrapped up in love."

-D. Caroline Coile

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chicago Firefighter Rescues Two Pit Bulls by CPR

If you saw two pit bulls struggling to breathe would you feel happy giving them CPR?

That’s exactly what Chicago firefighter Tammy Rodriguez did as she rescued two dogs from a house fire and resuscitated them both using CPR and applying oxygen.

Ms Rodriguez was in a fire team rescuing two pet pit bulls, Howdy and Hossa, from a blaze in Bucktown, Illinois, on Friday - and her quick thinking saved the lives of both.
Alive: Howdy the dog was saved by Chicago firefighter
Tammy Rodriguez, who resuscitated her after a house
fire using CPR and applying oxygen

Howdy, an adult dog, and Hossa, a puppy, were in the rear porch of a burning three-flat block where their owner, Jorden Grennan, lives. She was at work when the fire started.

One of Ms Rodriguez’s colleagues carried Howdy to her outside the fire. One of the dogs was critically injured and the other was in cardiac arrest.

‘(The dog) was completely out,’ Mrs Rodriguez, a 19-year fire service veteran, told CBS Chicago. ‘And we just started putting the mask (on) and giving it straight oxygen.

‘I started performing CPR, and for a while there it wasn’t reacting, but I think just the positive pressure of oxygen made it start breathing, which was exciting.

‘All of a sudden she started opening her eyes and we’re like “Oh, my God” - and then she got up.’

Howdy has already made a public appearance at a press conference, but Hossa was kept in overnight at a veterinary centre.

The cause of the blaze, which did not injure anyone, is being investigated.

Ms Rodriguez - a trained emergency medical technician - said she owns three dogs who are 'part of her family' and was just doing her job.
'She rescued two dogs, performed CPR on them and brought both of them back to life,' a fire service spokesman said.

By Daily Mail Reporter


  1. Wow, that is amazing!! My family has always had pit bulls and I wish I had another one. I just found your blog today and enjoy it :)

  2. this is above and beyond her job this was love bless you tammy

  3. Why is this above and beyond?!?! She did her job! Now, it would be a problem if she ignored them! She should be applauded for saving a life. Not because its a dog! Why wouldn't you do it??? Dogs are as valuble as a human, in my opinion! Its like a person claiming aloud..... "((((( I TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS")))))" Yea, no shit dummy! You're supposed to ya shit head! What do ya want, a cookie?!?! ("That joke credited to Chris Rock") People getting applauded for something that they're supposed to do, makes you realize the people applauding, wouldn't do that themselves, because they look at it as abnormal!

    1. Wow dude, chill.... Her job by definition is to extinguish fires and rescue people first and foremost. The fact that she was kind enough to try to help a non-human animal that she's probably not trained how to assist speaks volumes to her as a wonderful human with respect to ALL life. Not everything is sunshine and rainbows and not everyone respects non-human life the way some of us do. It's not something yelling on the internet is going to change - just be happy there are some of them out there. That's why she deserves a thank you from us.

    2. whoever said she was only doing her job...one word for you....schmuck