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Gertie is a white terrier mix from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has a nose for adventure. Like many of the terrier type, she’s an “earth” dog, living up to the stereotype of seeking adventure and searching out prey in the wide world.

That might explain why she found herself in a rather unusual burrow that could have been her last if it hadn’t been for the vigilance of her owners and the awareness of a neighbor.

When owners Connie Frick and Lynn Herman realized Gertie was gone, it wasn’t a terrible surprise to them. Gertie was known to be a traveler, and as they told Inside Edition, the tough little pup can hold her own against nature.

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“We fully expected her to come back because she has run away so many times,” they said.

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But days passed, and the terrier hadn’t returned home. Her owners posted flyers around the neighborhood and plastered local lost and found groups on Facebook with her information.



“Gertie still missing since 7/13,” a Pawboost Alert reads. “Ran into Parker Woods, searched there several times. She’s very frightened of storms and may find an open grge??”

And she had, indeed, found an open garage — of a sort. On July 18, a neighbor heard whimpering from behind the garage’s cinderblock wall and soon realized a dog was trapped behind it.

Apparently, the original garage wall had been built into the hillside that partially collapsed. The owners then built another wall of cinderblock, creating a small space between the old and new wall that Gertie seems to have accessed from a hole in the roof.

Whether on pure whim or seeking some small critter, Gertie found herself in a situation she could not get herself out of.

The homeowners couldn’t get her out, either, as the crevice was too deep to allow access to the dog from above. Finding the rescue impossible, they called in the Cincinnati Fire Department to free the poor pup.



“There have been missing posters up in Northside for five days in hopes of someone finding Gertie,” the fire department shared in a Facebook post. “Today a homeowner heard a dog crying behind the garage wall and called us to check it out.

“This run ended in a happy reunion and a job well done by Truck 20!”

According to WLWT-TV, it was firefighter Jenny Adkins who used a sledgehammer to chip away at the cinderblock to create a hole big enough for the pudgy dog to fit through. Gertie was out and back in her relieved owners’ arms in under 10 minutes.

The spirited dog appeared to be no worse for wear, other than having possibly “lost a pound or two” and being “terribly stinky,” according to her owners.

Only time will tell if the ordeal gives Gertie pause when considering future escapades — but given her terrier blood, it has probably only whetted her appetite for more adventure.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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