BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Abbey and Ryan Devanney presented a donation of pet oxygen kits to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad on Monday to give back to the community that helped their family after a fire nearly destroyed their home in January.
The Devanney children provided a kit each to the Fire Department and the Rescue Squad for their appreciation for saving their house and their pets -- including their westie, guinee pigs and frogs.
The Devanneys, who have three dogs, guinee pigs and frogs, were able to get two of their dogs out of the house immediately. The Devanney's third dog and additional pets were rescued by Fire Chief Tony Padovano and crew. The small elderly westie was provided oxygen through a small tube by EMT Sam Lloyd of the Rescue Squad.
"Abbey and Ryan wanted to do something special for the Rescue Squad and Fire Department -- and for other kids who might face this situation, and for their pets," said Angela Devanney.
"There are so many things that we are thankful for on that day. For all of you -- the fire department and rescue squad and this community -- that, we could never re-pay," said Devanney. "From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you."
The Devanneys have lived in Berkeley Heights for 10 years, knowing they moved to a "special community".
The support of the community came out -- neighbors and friends provided clothes and opened their homes. "The whole PAL came together and did a Christmas for the kids at Yogoccino. It's things like that -- why we moved here. We are proud to be here," said George Devanney.
"The way you all responded and helped and really make a difference. Seconds and minutes can make a difference in the world. I truly believe another five minutes, the whole house would have been completely gone. The house and animals are all saved," said Devanney.