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Two Becker County deputies rescue dog from wildfire

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Two Becker County sheriff’s deputies helped save a scared family dog caught in the Green Valley wildfire last week near Menahga.

Deputy Todd Glander and Deputy Jon Peterson were helping with the evacuation of homes threatened by the fire, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

After residents cleared the area, the deputies returned to double-check homes. In one house, the deputies discovered a dog in a kennel attached to one of the houses jumping up and down, obviously panicked, according to the release.

Flames upwards of 30 feet high were fast approaching, but the two deputies rushed to grab the dog and take it back to their squad car. They found a neighbor who reunited the dog with its family.

“It is this kind of devotion to duty and compassion that makes me appreciate working and living in this area of the country,” County Administrator Jack Ingstad said in the release. “Thank you to those deputies and all the other individuals who assisted in the Green Valley fire. It is not said enough, but you are appreciated.”

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