- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters in the small community of Estacada did more than just provide first aid when a New Mexico family of four was involved in a car crash on their way to camp in an Oregon state park. A firefighter and his wife volunteered to care for the family’s dog and ferret while the humans went to a hospital for medical care.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/Xl1n07 ) that Estacada Fire District Division Chief Richard Anderson said the father really needed to go to a hospital after the Thursday night crash, but didn’t want to go unless someone could care for the animals.

Anderson says Lt. Brook Nelson and his wife, Chris, stepped up.

Usually, Anderson says the animals would have gone to separate shelters “but then it costs money to get them back.”

The husband, wife and two children were taken to a Portland hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Estacada is southeast of Portland.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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