Sally, Don Chester to receive honor for life saving contribution of pet oxygen masks to WPBFR
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) Chief Diana Matty
West Palm Beach residents, Sally and Don Chester along with service dog, Iggy
Mayor James and WPBFR Chief Matty will present the Citizen Life Saving Award to Sally and Don Chester, dog lovers and longtime friends of WPBFR. WPBFR bestows the Citizen Life Saving Award to citizens who have been involved in a lifesaving effort.
Industry estimates suggest that over 100,000 pets die annually from smoke inhalation. When pets are exposed to smoke, they require a specially fitted oxygen mask to be properly resuscitated and reunited with their family. The Chesters recognized this need in the early 2000s and worked to donate the very first pet oxygen masks to WPBFR. These masks have been used successfully after fires for many years.
This Spring, the Chesters recommitted to the Fire Department by donating a set of 10 pet oxygen masks to be carried on WPBFD supervisor vehicles and rescue trucks. On July 5th
, crews used one of these masks on a dog they saved in a house fire. On July 15th
, the Citizen Life Saving Award will be presented to Sally and Don Chester, along with service dog Iggy.
Monday, July 15, 2019
- 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Pre-event interviews and visual B-roll/photo opportunities | Fire Station #1, 500 N. Dixie Hwy.
Mayor James, Chief Matty and the Chesters will be available for interviews in advance of the award presentation, and service dog Iggy will help demonstrate the pet oxygen masks.
- 5:00 p.m.: Presentation of award to the Chester family at a meeting of the City Commission | 401 Clematis St.
Monday, July 15, 2019 is National Pet Fire Safety Day
Take a few moments to keep your home and your pets safe from fires today:
- Put covers on stove knobs or remove knobs entirely;
- Never leave candles unattended; consider switching to flameless candles;
- Secure loose wires; ensure they are out of reach of pets;
- Test your smoke alarms and consider using monitored smoke detectors that notify emergency responders if you are not home.