carried to fire station 29 by a ten year old girl on a cold
night in March of 2006. The young girl rang the doorbell of the
fire station and explained that she could no longer keep her
best friend, because her apartment was too small for the young
Dalmatian puppy. The firefighters looked at each other with
concern wanting to help this sweet little girl. They wanted to
help her but there was no room for a dog in the fire station.
The firefighters gave the family information for the local
animal rescue shelter where they could take the little spotted
puppy. The family was told the rescue would be able to care for
the puppy for one week only. The girl was worried for her best
friend and insisted her parents take the Dalmatian puppy to the
fire station because she was convinced her heroes from the Los
Angeles City Fire department would rescue him.
returned to the fire station on Wilshire Blvd. and told the
firefighters the puppy needed a home. The Firefighters took the
puppy in on St. Patrick’s Day and his life began at Fire Station
One of the
Firefighters told everybody that his name should be Wilshire
after the very busy street where they lived. Wilshire’s new
family showed him the ropes of life in fire station. Wilshire
was smart and learned fast. It wasn’t long before he had learned
how to teach children fire safety. Wilshire has three shifts of
16 firefighters that rotate through the station. That is 48
different people over three days.
firefighters took Wilshire into their fire family and the little
orphaned Dalmatian repaid his heroes by teaching children of all
ages about fire safety. Wilshire is saving lives like his heroes
of fire station 29 do everyday.