Woman Donates Pet Oxygen Masks for Every Fire Station in Buffalo

“Buffalo firefighters do a tremendous job rescuing pets, but many perish from smoke asphyxiation and that’s why we wanted to give this device to the Fire Department.”


 

 

The city of Buffalo recently spent $26 million on new equipment for the fire department, but one woman noticed that something crucial was missing – pet oxygen masks.  So she and her husband donated 53 of them – enough for every fire truck in the city.

Ann Louise Ciminelli and her husband Louis, CEO of LP Ciminelli, donated $5,000 worth of pet oxygen masks at a special ceremony at City Hall last month.  She brought along her West Highland terrier, Minnie.

“We have a lot of new equipment, but didn’t have these,” Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield said.

 

From left, Mayor Byron Brown, Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Minnie, and Ann Louise Ciminelli.
From left, Mayor Byron Brown, Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Minnie, and Ann Louise Ciminelli.

 

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He knows that a couple of dogs have died in house fires in the last few months, and having the oxygen masks might have saved them.  On some occasions, firefighters have saved pets by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“Buffalo firefighters do a tremendous job rescuing pets from burning structures, but unfortunately many pets perish from smoke asphyxiation and that’s why we wanted to give this life-saving device to the Fire Department,” Ann Louise Ciminelli said at the press conference.

Mayor Byron Brown was also in attendance, and thanked the Ciminellis for their foresight and generosity.

“Pets are more than pets, they are members of our families,” Brown said.

18 thoughts on “Woman Donates Pet Oxygen Masks for Every Fire Station in Buffalo

  1. One would think that all fire depts. would have these included in their equipment replacement lists! But since they didn’t bother, THANK YOU Ma’am to you and your husband for remembering how important the Pet Oxygen Masks are, and donating them.

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