(KMOV)-- What was probably the most traumatic event in a puppy’s life has turned into a reason to celebrate.
Flori, a 9-month-old Labrador mix, was minutes away from death when she fell into the icy waters of O’Fallon Park Lake on December 16th. A month later, she is fully recovered and going home to her newly adopted family.
Two local members of the fire department, Rick Vogt and Steve Vaughn, decided to save Flori after they were notified about the drowning dog.
Vogt and Vaughn crawled onto the ice and rescued her after she spent 45 minutes in the lake.
The puppy was given emergency oxygen and immediately taken to the Humane Society of Missouri on Macklind Avenue where she was treated.
Flori will go home Wednesday with the Chrun family of St. Louis city. Mark Chrun has been a member of the St. Louis City Fire Department for 26 years.
In honor of the dog, the Humane Society will donate five oxygen masks specifically designed for animal rescue to the fire department.
The Humane Society staff named Flori because of her fire department rescuers. Saint Florian is the patron saint of fire service.