Drone aids in puppy’s rescue

Gold Hill, Ore. — A young Bullmastiff is safe at home tonight after falling down a steep embankment in Gold Hill. It happened Wednesday night, near the Powerhouse Rapid on the Rogue River.

Thanks to some new technology used by Jackson County Fire District 3, the puppy was quickly reunited with it’s family.

“It was a 50 pound puppy that was kind of stranded down below,” Public Information Officer Ashley Lara says.

Fire District 3’s new drone helped to capture the rescue of a Bullmastiff that fell some 40 feet near the Rogue River Wednesday.

“It was really helpful in the fact that we were able to evaluate the situation from above and see what was really needed,” Lara says.

The drone has proven to be a valuable tool, aiding in trainings and fire investigations, but Lara says this is the first time it’s been used for a rescue.

“This was really neat to be able to see it in action in a live incident and really be able to see really great results.”

Within an hour a firefighter was able to rappel down the embankment, and with the help of some tasty treats pull the pup back up to solid ground. According to Fire District 3, that portion of the bank has loose rock that can often break away. They say that is likely what caused the puppy to fall.


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