Yesterday, our deputies responded to a fire at a residence at 144th St S and Pacific Ave S near our Parkland-Spanaway precinct. When Deputy Dech arrived, witnesses told her that a man was trying to go back inside the residence to save his dog, “Kookie.”
Deputy Dech saw the flames coming from the residence and knew it was far too dangerous for the man to go back inside. As Deputy Dech rushed over to the door, a burst of flames came from the house. She helped the man get to safety and consoled him, as he was deeply concerned about his dog. Deputy Dech stayed with the man and comforted him as Central Pierce fire fighter went into the residence to search for the dog. Thankfully, fire fighters found the dog and rescued him from the flames. Kookie was given oxygen and is expected to be just fine.
Deputy Dech showed the courage our deputies have to put themselves in danger to help others. She also showed compassion by comforting the resident during what must have been the longest minutes of his life.