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Netizens applaud lady cop who saved dog from burning beach house in Santander, Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Police officers took an oath to serve the community. But this policewoman, who is now assigned in Santander, Cebu, did more than just that. 

You ask why? 

On Monday afternoon, January 24, Patrolwoman Mona Lee Saludar bravely entered a burning beach house in Barangay Liloan, Santander, to rescue a five-year-old Labrador Retriever called Deabak. 

When she arrived in the area shortly after 2 p.m., fire had already engulfed the second floor of the beach house at Kingdom Resort. The lady cop from San Remegio town in northern Cebu asked the caretakers of the resort if everyone had made it out.  She was told that Deabak was trapped inside.

Saludar said she saw Daebak, who was shaking in fear, hide under the kitchen table located on the ground floor of the two-storey structure.

“He looked very scared and was already panting when I saw him,” she said.

Wanting to save the dog, Saludar, who came from a family of dog lovers, immediately went into the burning structure.

Luckily, the two made it out unharmed.

Deabak belonged to resort owners Sim Sunbo and Han Eun Kyeung.  The Korean nationals were in Dumaguete City when the fire, that was said to have started from their second floor bedroom, broke.

Resort caretakers said that the couple also had two small dogs, a poodle and a shih tzu, that were kept inside their bedroom.  But they managed to immediate free the dogs when they noticed smoke coming from their employers room.

Deabak, on the other hand, sleeps on the ground.

Caretakers said the dog already went out of the house but he suddenly went back inside.

“Ingon ko sa akong mga kauban nga akong sudlon ang iro. Giingnan ko nila nga dili na lang kay hapit na mahugno ang second floor pero di gyud nako makaya nga ako lang syang pasagdaan,” Saludar recalled.

Responding firemen helped Saludar by making sure that her clothes were wet so she would not easily catch fire.

Although worried of falling debris, Saludar said, she was determined to save Deabak.

“Ako gigunitan iyang collar. Ni-resist sya at first. Di sya mobarug. Ako gigakos, gihapuhap unya akong gistorayahan nga mogawas lang mi aron maluwas sya. Mao to, nikuyog na sya nako,” Saludar added.

When they were already outside, Saludar said, she gave the dog water to drink and wet his fur to bring down his body temperature.

Because of her good deed, netizens are giving Saludar the respect and salute that she truly deserves.

Here are some of their comments:


/ dcb

TAGS: Deabak, Labrador Retriever, Patrolwoman Mona Lee Saludar, policewoman, Santander town
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