A beautiful Labrador Retriever mix from Jacksonville, Ill., was crowned the top firehouse dog in NBC’s “Chicago Fire” Top Dog Competition. Smokey, the Lab, received more than 68 000 votes from TODAY viewers in the contest.
Smokey was found inside a home engulfed in flames. She was rescued from the burning home and revived by firefighters.
“Smokey’s lifeless body was brought out, and with the efforts of fire and police, she was brought back to life,” wrote her handler lieutenant Todd Warrick.
She now helps children learn how to “stop, drop and roll”. Her win gets her a cameo appearance on an upcoming episode of “Chicago Fire.”
The Labrador was one of three finalists selected by producers of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” The three dogs visited TODAY’s plaza with their handlers last week.
The other two finalists were:
- Dempsey, a Mastiff-Boxer mix from Indianapolis who was badly burned in an intentionally set fire two years ago. This poor dog has since undergone nine surgeries. “Our hopes were to use his battle scars to show kids (adults too) the damage that fire can do if played with or used inappropriately,” his handler Eileen Orban wrote in her submission. “Dempsey has definitely fulfilled those goals.”
- Wilshire, a Dalmatian from Los Angeles.
Wilshire, a rescue dog adopted by the L.A. firehouse after a family couldn’t keep him, performs live fire and life safety demonstrations at schools across the city. Beyond showing proper stop, drop and roll techniques, he teaches kids “about the importance of healthy eating and exercise by lifting a 100 lb. dumbbell and running on a treadmill,” his handler Ryan Penrod wrote.
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