Firefighters who helped rescue Kaleb, a yellow lab that fell more than 200 feet down an embankment on Feb. 9, came by Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One’s Kimball Drive fire station last to visit.
The canine’s owners, the Davis family, wanted to thank firefighters for their professionalism and show their appreciation.
The family was gone from home that day while yard workers were clearing some sticks and brush on their property. A stick thrown over a nearby embankment may have been mistaken as an invitation to play fetch.
The dog slid down the embankment and came to rest on a flat area about 200 feet down.
A neighbor called 9-1-1.
Firefighters responded with the Pierce County Special Operations Team, plus a crew from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue and a boat from Tacoma Fire Department. Kaleb was secured in a harness and strapped in a Stokes Basket and lowered to the beach, where Tacoma fire crews delivered him to his family at the Tides Tavern dock.
Kaleb’s veterinarian said the dog should make a full recovery.
During the dog’s visit last week, firefighter Mike Metters presented Kaleb with a dog bone and Michael Davis with a photo of himself and Kaleb from the rescue.