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To the Rescue: The "Neighborly" Approach to Saving Pets

Pregnant ACO doesn’t pause when fire strikes her apartment complex

The local news media called her a hero, but animal control officer Aimee Wesley says she was just being neighborly.

On the afternoon of Sept. 21, Wesley, who was four months pregnant, had gone home for lunch at Fairway Park Apartments in the northern Kentucky town of Independence. When she headed back outside to get in her animal control truck, she looked at the apartment building 30 feet in front of hers and saw smoke coming from the top. A second-floor balcony had caught fire, and the blaze had spread to the third floor.

Someone had already called 911, so the fire department was on its way. Wesley and her husband, who was the on-call maintenance man for the apartment complex, became the first rescuers to enter the building. They walked through hallways that were filling with smoke, knocking on doors to get the people out.

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