PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — The firefighters at Station 23 don’t often get to meet those they save.
“You do something, and you feel good about it. You can hang your hat on that day saying something that really mattered,” said Pasco Fire Rescue firefighter/EMT, Cole Bordelon.
This crew helped rescue five dogs from a burning house in August.
Denali was hurt the worst with burns to 35% of her body.
“As an animal lover, it’s just hard to imagine that a person could do something like this,” said Suncoast Animal League founder Rick Chaboudy.
Authorities arrested Brandi Currigan for setting the fire to her husband’s Pasco County home while he was in Iraq working as a security contractor.
They say she targeted two of their dogs including Denali, pouring an accelerant on her.
“How do you fathom something like that,” said Chaboudy.
With the help of the Suncoast Animal League and veterinarians at Blue Pearl, Denali survived injuries the experts say would have killed most dogs.
Denali is now living with a foster family and continuing to recover.
“She never gave up. You can see it in her eyes. For that reason we never gave up on her,” said Chadboudy.