Station: "The House of Dragons"
North 10th Street
When I am
called to duty, God
flames may rage
strength to save a life
be its age.
Let me embrace
a little child
is too late
an older person from
of that fate.
to be alert
the weakest shout,
To put the
I want to
fill my calling
the best in me,
my friend and neighbor
according to your will,
I have to
lose my life,
with your protecting hand,
and my wife.
Puff is missed by
everyone who ever met him.
Beloved firehouse pooch,
'Puff' was a fixture in
Chinatown for 16 years.
By YVONNE LATTY
215 854-2000 x 4917
Philadelphia Daily News
"the dragon fire dog," who for 16 years, brought love, smiles and
extraordinary companionship to his Chinatown firehouse and neighborhood, was
to be put to sleep today. He was 16 and the fire dog of "The House of
Dragons," the fire station of Engine 20, Ladder 23 and Medic 1. Puff became
a part of the Chinatown family 16 years ago. During a major winter storm,
Firefighter Vern Yeager went him even though he was so big." Chen said
Puff's declining health broke her heart. "He could barely walk," Chen said,
her voice cracking with emotion. "He couldn't even jump out of the bed the
last time I went to the station. Usually when he saw me he would just jump
out of bed and get all excited. I looked in his eyes and I started crying
because I knew he was suffering. I'm ready for this, but I'm going to miss
him a lot." Yeager said he has lots of wonderful memories of Puff, a dog who
was obedient and very easy to train. "When the fire bells went off he would
bark and get excited as he watched us run around like crazy," Yeager said.
"He always waited patiently for our return. When we'd come back he'd always
be wagging his tail. We'd block the traffic to come back in the station and
he would block the traffic with us." Slightly overweight, Puff was a big
eater who especially loved Chinese food. "The neighbors would come and bring
him Chinese food all the time," Yeager said. "He loved it. He was chubby
because he was constantly being fed." After the firefighters get Puff's
cremated remains from the veterinarian, they will set up a special place for
them in the firehouse and build a memorial to the dog.
worth his weight in gold,"
house, nicknamed the "House of Dragons", due to our location in the Chinatown
section of Philly, is designated as Engine 20, Ladder 23, Medic 1 by the
Fire Department. Puff's had many "Partner". Firemen come and
go in station houses, and quite a few have passed through our doors during
Puff's tenure. Some took more of an interest in Puff's needs than did others,
but each cared for and loved him in their own way. He is sorely missed
In Loving Memory of
July 2, 2001
P.O. Michael O'Brien
Grassy Sprain Rd.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Ph: 914 377 7388
July 2, 2001, K-9 PAL came to an accidental death.
K-9 Pal & his
partner, Patrol Officer Michael O'Brien
were very busy as a
responsible for numberous felony arrests.
K-9 Pal and Mike
also put on several canine
school children throughout the city.
Pal's bravery and
dedication were outstanding
and this canine
will be missed by the department.