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Home » Archives » November 2018 » SJI Firefighters Rescue Cowboy

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11/07/2018: "SJI Firefighters Rescue Cowboy"

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(Photo by Firefighter Cy Scammell)

By Carolyn Hudson

When Cowboy toppled down a 30-foot cliff Monday night, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Firefighters were there to save him in the dark of night.

Gretchen Bailey said her hearing- and vision-impaired 14-year-old golden retriever got confused and ended up falling down the cliff on the island’s west side before she could reach him.

Firefighter Craig McConnell and Lt. Michael Henderson rappelled down the rocky wall to Cowboy using an intricate rope and pulley system set up by several firefighters. The rising tide was beginning to splash onto Cowboy who lay there motionless, tired and scared when the firefighters reached him.

“When we approached Cowboy, we were in six inches of water, and by the time we were secured and ready to go up, we were in three and a half feet of water,” said Firefighter McConnell. Bailey said the veterinarian was unsure if he would ever recover, but Cowboy is now walking up and down the stairs unassisted.

Assistant Chief Noel Monin said, “Although it seems like we perform more technical rope rescues involving dogs than humans, it’s basically the same method and the more we train, the more proficient we will become under the most challenging of scenarios.”

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, primarily a volunteer department, is looking for islanders to join our ranks. “The dedication and professionalism of the men and women who serve our community as firefighters or support members is evident in Monday night’s rescue. Being a part of our dynamic team is a great way to help those in need; be they two- or four-legged,” comments Fire Chief Norvin Collins.

“Volunteering with the fire department is a highly unique and rewarding opportunity where you are able to give to your community in a big way,” said Asst. Chief Monin. “The bonus is that you bond with your fellow firefighters, as well as get paid $15 per hour. Even if you think you are remotely interested, please come talk to us.”

Applications are due by November 29th. Classes run on weekends January through April. For more information, call 360-378-5334, email Asst. Chief Monin at, visit or stop by the Mullis Street Fire Station at 1011 Mullis St.

San Juan Island Fire consists of about 45 firefighters, 17 volunteer support member and 6 career firefighters and has been serving the community for 60 years.

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