The Lee Center Fire Department will be able to better protect local pets after receiving a donation of three pet oxygen masks.
The donation comes after a fire in Western on Stokes-Westernville Road two months ago, where six family pets died from smoke inhalation. All of the residents made it out safely, but that night stuck with some of the firefighters and they wanted to get better equipment to make sure it never happened again.
The company Invisible Fence donated a kit with small, medium and large masks, through its Project Breathe program.
Representatives with the company said they wanted to help give firefighters the tools they need to save pets lives.
"Our goal is to keep pets safe and this helps in a difficult situation of fire, that's a tragedy for whoever is involved in it," said Kurt Grage, the president of Invisible Fence for Central New York. "It's one thing [to lose] physical things, but humans and their pets, it's important to help save all of them and protect them as best we can."
The company has donated more than 23,000 kits to fire departments throughout the country and 100 of those are in the Central New York area.
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