CONCORD, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is being honored by PETA for rescuing 'Julie' the Cow from an icy pond on Monday.
The organization announced on Thursday that the fire department will receive "A Compassionate Fire Department Award."
The firefighters will also receive a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, delicious vegan jerky, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating vegan meals. PETA is also offering to send Julie to a sanctuary.
On Monday afternoon Julie's owner, Spencer Blackwelder, noticed that she had left the pasture and wandered over to a frozen pond. Some of the ice broke under her weight, causing her to fall in and become stuck.
Mount Pleasant Engine 1 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene on Blackwelder Dr. where they used an inflatable rescue boat, a sledgehammer, and a chain saw to maneuver through at least 10 inches of ice and 12 feet of water to reach Julie’s side and guide her to safety with ropes.
Deputy Chief Dustin Sneed said of the rescue, “Any time a life’s involved, whether it be an animal or a person, we do anything we [can] to make the best of it.”