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Reviving Buster: Dog's life saved

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Firefighter Terry Vinson begins massaging Buster after he was brought from the Freida Fuston home in a cage.
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Although the loss of Freida Fuston's life was overwhelmingly on the minds of rescue workers as her Depot Street home burned late Saturday, they still took time to give aid to her pets.

Oxygen is pumped into Buster's lungs.
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Two of four dogs which had been in the home are alive today. One, Buster, lives due to the attention of firefighter Terry Vinson of the Shelbyville Fire Department.

Grim appearance

Buster was brought from the home in a cage, unconscious and apparently overcome by smoke.

Vinson massaged Buster and put Buster on oxygen. Joey Story of Bedford County Emergency Medical Service offered additional ssistance.

After a few moments, Buster began to regain consciousness.

Worth the effort

"I didn't think he was going to come back around but he did," Vinson said.

"He's a fighter," Elizabeth Fanning, a friend of Fuston's son, Mark Cunningham, said of a still scared and groggy Buster.

Mark Cunningham, right, Fuston's son, holds Buster while talking to his rescuers.
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Vinson and Story smiled as they handed Buster to Fanning, who in turn placed him safely in Cunningham's arms.