Girl Scout donates pet oxygen masks

Pets have many uses for their keen snouts, but finding their way out of a burning building isn’t always one of them.

Local emergency responders say they often struggle to resuscitate dogs and cats who have inhaled too much smoke.

Katherine Futrell to the rescue.

Futrell, a 14-year-old 8th-grader at East Wake Middle, donated pet oxygen masks to the Knightdale Public Safety Department last week. It was part of her ongoing Silver Award Project with her local Girl Scout Troop.

“(Helping animals) is something that I’ve always felt pulled toward,” Futrell said.

The Silver Award is the highest honor for girls Futrell’s age, Tonya Koonce-Daniels, local Girl Scout membership director, said.

Knightdale Fire Chief Tim Guffey and Public Safety Director Shawn Brown said the masks were a needed addition to their emergency response kit.

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