Sometimes a police officer is a dog’s best friend.
A New Jersey cop sprang into action upon arriving at the scene of a house fire in Atlantic Highlands — rescuing a small brown dog that was trapped on a second-floor porch, dramatic bodycam video released Tuesday shows.
“What about the dogs?” Patrolman Travis Sodon asks as he approaches the smoldering home on Aug. 16. “No, I ain’t gonna go in there. I’m thinking about, we got a ladder or something that we can get the dogs?”
Police had determined the home was empty aside from two pooches, so Sodon did his best to improvise without a ladder nearby by grabbing scaffolding from the side of the home, the footage shows.
But when the scaffolding wasn’t tall enough for the cop to reach the 15-foot-tall porch, volunteer firefighter and the borough’s former fire chief, Brian Sheehan, grabs a chair from a yard and passes it up to the officer.
“Hold it sturdy,” Sodon says as he precariously perches atop the chair, video shows.
The officer then pulls himself to the porch and reaches over to grab the dog as it huddled in a corner.
“Come here, come here,” Sodon says before grabbing the dog by the back of the neck.
“I’m going to pass him down to you, all right bro? Is that it for the dogs?”
Firefighters then put out the blaze and saved the home, where a second dog was found in the rear, police said.
“I am happy to share the body-worn camera footage from this rescue, as it is a fine example of the extraordinary work that our first responders do on a day-in, day-out basis,” Police Chief David Rossbach wrote on Facebook.
“Patrolman Sodon is going to be presented with a meritorious service award ay a later date to recognize his daring efforts. Great job by all.”
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