Girl, 11, Will Get New Dog Thanks to Firefighters

A band of Lehigh Valley firefighters is rallying to help a girl who lost her Great Dane and Christmas presents in a fire Dec. 31.

After battling a Dec. 31 blaze that destroyed a duplex on E. Main Street in Emmaus that left two families homeless, the members of the Emmaus Fire Department decided they want to do something further to help the victims of the fire - Katherine and Gerald Maury and Jarred Goeppert and his 11-year-old daughter, Jada.

In particular, the firefighters have focused their efforts on Jada, who was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, breathing with the help of a ventilator through Wednesday. Jada was injured in an effort to save her Great Dane. The dog died in the fire.

The Emmaus firefighters have taken up a collection to buy Jada a new dog when she is ready, according to Lt. Bob Schwoyer of the Emmaus Fire Department.

Plus, the firefighters have organized a . Community members can drop off items for the families on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station, 100 North Sixth Street.

Schwoyer has taken a lead role in promoting the drive, which was initially planned to solicit clothing donations. According to Schwoyer, the response from the community has been incredible and the firefighters have already collected a great deal of clothing for both families.

As a result, he says, the fire department is now working with the Red Cross to ensure that donations received beyond what the Emmaus families can use will be distributed to other needy families in the area.

In addition to toys for Jada -- who lost all of her Christmas presents in the blaze -- the firefighters are asking for toiletries and small household items. Plus, they hope people who want to help will consider donating gift cards for local restaurants or grocery stores.

Beyond that, he says, both families could use donations of pet supplies or gift cards for pet stores. (The Maurys also have a dog.) The firefighters are also trying to find a local veterinarian willing to donate services to the families as they get back on their feet.

Jada was still hospitalized at the time of this writing, although Schwoyer said it is possible that she could be released from the hospital late Thursday. If not, the expectation is that she will be sent home Friday, he said.

Debi ODonnell January 06, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Try checking with these Vets. Pleasant Valley, Maple Hills, Peaceable Kindom, No Nonce Spay and Neutering,, Quakertown Hospital and The vets at PetCo,. They may be of help. As far as the Great Dane, if you Google Great Dane organizations in PA, A bunch will come up as well as puppies for sale. Maybe a local Breeder would help you out. Hope this information is helpfull Best of Luck and God Bless all of you!!! i will pray for Jada's Quick Recovery.!!!
Debi ODonnell January 06, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Also " Luv My Pets" at Petco has a low cost vaccination program. I take both my dogs there. Petco doesn't have a Vet but Pet Smart does. They also do a a lot monetary donations to the SPCA. You will mostly likely have to contact their corporate office..
Carl W January 06, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Just found Ladies Aux, Emmaus Fire Co. #2 social club also woeking on helping victims, & very motivated. Feel free to contact them I met two, and was impressed! C.- Save the Children (Westport, CT), & U.S.C.G, Aux.
S Lobb January 06, 2013 at 07:34 PM
There are many rescued great danes in local rescues who could use a new home and make this little girl happy. Please consider adopting before purchasing.
Sherry Hahn January 08, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Please consider giving this little girl a dog from a rescue group before buying one. I'm sure there are many wonderful Danes waiting to find their forever homes.


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