In the past week wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta have caused mass destruction and displaced over 80,000 people from their homes. When the evacuation order came, some families were forced to depart the city without being able to retrieve their pets from home.
Stephanie Greene and her family could only post desperate messages on Facebook, pleading for help from anyone who might be close to her home to rescue their puppy Max.
It turns out Marty Frost got the message. Frost has experience in firefighting and stayed behind to help rescue workers. The heroic man ended up rescuing dozens of pets left stranded in the abandoned homes. Frost told CBC News that he especially remembers rescuing Max.
He said it was challenging because the street signs in Greene’s neighborhood had all melted. With no reference points on the streets it was difficult to figure out which house was the Greene’s.
He tried several times because he knew Max might soon be in serious trouble as the wildfires were encroaching and if the wind shifted, Max would be in the fire’s path.
Then Frost heard that a block of townhouses had indeed caught fire. He raced back to the neighbourhood, not wanting to give up finding Max. Luckily he did, and firefighters were there, breaking into the home.
He found Max and the family’s pet rabbit. Both were alive and safe!
For Greene, she and her family had nearly given up hope. They had been separated from Max for almost 72 hours and they were getting conflicting reports about the fire’s damage in their neighborhood.
Then they got a call in the middle of the night. It was Frost, who called her using the number on Max’s collar.
"He said, 'Yeah, I rescued your dog, and I got your rabbit,'" Greene recalled. "But it's actually probably bittersweet for you, because your house was just starting to catch fire when we rescued him.'"
Greene’s reply? "I don't care about the house," she said. "We got exactly what we wanted."
Max was soon reunited with his family and is no worse for wear. He needed a bath, food and water but otherwise he’s happily back where he belongs.
The family can’t thank Frost enough.
"To me, he's a real hero," Greene said.
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