GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will receive a PETA award for saving two dogs from a burning home.
The fire happened at about 7:30 p.m. on November 29 on Forest Park Road in Great Falls.
No one was home at the time, but rescuers managed to save two dogs trapped inside. First responders used a special oxygen mask to revive a dog named Cola.
The department will receive PETA's Compassionate Fire Department Award for the rescue.
Both dogs appeared to be doing fine following their rescue.
"The brave members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are truly heroes because they don't consider their job done until all residents-both human and nonhuman-have made it to safety," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "PETA hopes the compassion and know-how shown by these first responders will inspire others always to come to the aid of animals in need."
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, and a box of vegan chocolates from PETA.