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Firefighter Who Saved Dog from Dying in Sinkhole Takes Her Home Forever, Names Her 'Lucky'

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The local fire department in Amarillo, Texas, was called in to help a Labrador-heeler mix called “Gracie Lou” who was trapped in a sinkhole.

The rescue was no small feat and took an hour of teamwork and determination. They even had to call in another station’s crew to help, firefighter Matthew Calvin told KAMR-TV.

Calvin said she was a “tough little dog” and Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare called the pup “a miracle,” KAMR reported.



“It was about 20 to 23 feet deep, filling up with water,” Calvin told KFDA. He called the rescue “intense” and said the crew had to eventually use a rope and ladder to get the dog out.

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But Calvin’s heroism didn’t stop there. He didn’t just want to get “Gracie Lou” out of a sinkhole and into a shelter. He hoped to give her a permanent home.

“If she doesn’t have an owner, then I’ll take her in,” Calvin told KFDA. “I don’t currently have a dog right now, so we’ll make her a home. We’ll give her a home at our house.”

Since the dog didn’t have a locator chip, there was a good chance Calvin’s wish would come true. Still, he had to wait to see if an owner might come forward.



In the end, the required 72-hour waiting period passed and the only one coming forward to claim the lab-mix was the firefighter who saved her.

In a heartwarming tweet, Amarillo Fire Department shared an update on the pup along with some picture perfect photos of the dog and her new owner.

“We are happy to report that Lucky has found a home!!! ” the department wrote. “FF Matt Calvin adopted her this morning.”

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“He decided on the name ‘Lucky,’ after he & his crew helped rescue her from a 20’ sinkhole yesterday. Way to go Matt!”

Way to go, indeed. This man has gone above and beyond to truly save the day. Wishing him and his new “Lucky” dog all the love and fun in the world!

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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