New York, New York: Chief: Firehouse Dog Hero

Chief was a small brown dog adopted by the men of Brooklyn's Engine Company 203 in 1929. Chief rode on the firetruck, slid down the station pole, and is credited with saving a cat and kitten in a fire. Stuffed and displayed at the museum.

New York City Fire Museum

Address:
278 Spring St., New York, NY
Directions:
New York City Fire Museum. Just west of the SoHo district, on the south side of Spring St. between Hudson and Varick Sts.
Hours:
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
212-691-1303
Admission:
Adults $8
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Chief the hero dog of Engine Company 203. Firehouse Stuffed Dog Hero

Firehouse dog "Chief" was injured several times in the line of duty helping in rescues -- once even saving some kittens from a fire! He was given medals and continued working until he was hit by a car in front of the firehouse in 1939. Story goes, as he was dying, the fire alarm sounded and he bounded up onto his engine seat and died on the spot.

He was stuffed and on display in the firehouse for decades before moving to the permanent collection of the Fire Museum, downtown Manhattan.

[Chris Garcia, 10/02/2012]

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