Sergio Rivera and James Galanos, NY Cops Save Dog, Bio, Wiki
A pair of New York police officers saved a cat and dog from a burning house Friday after two children escaping the flames told them their pets were trapped inside.
Officers Sergio Rivera and James Galanos arrived at a burning home at 3 Oak Street in Central Islip, N.Y., around 3 p.m. and encountered two boys, 11 and 13, fleeing out the front door, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Police told News the boys’ mother had run out to a nearby store and “was only gone for a short time.”
The officers entered the burning home through the back door and spotted the cat, a 2-year-old named Tiger, who ran away from the flames toward the basement door, according to authorities.
Due to thick smoke clouding their vision, they couldn’t find the dog, a 2-year-old chihuahua named JJ, until they heard him whimper from inside a cage near a couch, “in close proximity to the fire.”
Rivera snatched up the cage and the officers ran out of the house.
Galanos went back inside, police said, to make a second attempt at saving Tiger.
Neither the boys nor their pets were injured. Nor were any police officers or responding firefighters, a department spokesman said.
Firefighters eventually doused the flames, and arson detectives were investigating the cause of the fire.