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Austin firefighter wins PETA award

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

A local firefighter earned superhero status and an award from PETA recognizing his dedication to animal rescue. Austin Fire Department firefighter Alex Baumeister saved five animals in the first week of May. From May 1 through May 5, Baumeister was involved in several different animal rescues. He saved a cat in one incident, a six-foot snake in another, saved a dog from a burning building and found two lost kittens. PETA took notice of his heroics, and awarded him and the department Compassionate Fire Department awards. “This superhero firefighter had the knowledge, resources, heart, and determination needed to rescue five animals in one week from perilous situations,” said PETA’s Colleen O’Brien in a May 11 press release. The award comes with a pack of fire-alert stickers, certificates and – of course – vegan cookies.

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