When a building catches fire, our first instinct is to get out as quickly as possible. Firefighters and first responders will then arrive on the scene and assess what comes next. If there are precious lives trapped inside, the everyday heroes do all they can to get them out alive.

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While most heroics are aimed at humans, we do see plenty of heroic acts where pets are involved. And boy, does that make us happy! When a firefighter risks his or her own safety to save the life of a pet, we aren’t just overjoyed, we are downright impressed. They would risk it all for an animal’s safety? Yes, most of them would.

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Just this past week, first responders and firefighters rushed to a warehouse fire in Indiana. No one was trapped inside. Everyone was safe. But when the crew from the South Bend Fire Department looked up to the roof, they saw that two scared helpless raccoons were trapped. They had no way to escape as the flames rose and a thick plume of smoke surrounded them.

The crew then did something to inspire the world. They came back to the building and arranged two ladders so the little critters could safely climb down.

Then, the crew crossed their fingers and waited for the pair to come down. This is what happened next (click video):

Posted by Paul Bierwagen on Sunday, August 4, 2019

The onlookers clapped loudly as they watched the raccoons make their way down to safety. You can hear kids screaming, “YAY!”

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The crew was thrilled that everyone made it out alive. No soul was lost. Not even the lives of two animals that many would call “pests”.

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The South Bend Fire Department posted:

“Some people would ask, ‘Why save the raccoons?’ Life safety and property conservation are two priorities on a fire scene. Thanks to our crews for taking a few minutes to let the raccoons escape!”

Paw-some! We salute you, South Bend Fire Department!