Red Paw asking for help recovering cargo unit stolen from vehicle

Shara Dae Howard
November 16, 2018 - 9:08 pm
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Jen Leary/Red Paw Emergency Relief Team


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Red Paw, a local nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of animals, is asking for the public's help after their response unit was broken into and stolen.

"Poof, gone," said Jen Leary, Philadelphia firefighter and founder of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Tea. "What we assume happened is that someone stole it."

Leary has dedicated her entire life to helping others. Now she needs the public's help to recover her organization's brand new cargo unit, which was stolen, along with the equipment inside.

"We found out [Thursday> night when one of my responders went out to pick up the response vehicle for her shift that the cargo unit that holds all of our rescue gear in it was missing," she explained.

Leary took to Twitter asking for help.

She believes the equipment was taken the evening of Nov 9 outside of Engine 22 on Comly Road in Northeast Philadelphia. She says what adds insult to injury is that they took her personal gear that no one else can use.

"I got that bunker gear when I went through the academy, 12 years ago," Leary said. "I was repurposed for me, specifically for Red Paw."

Leary asks that anyone with information please contact Red Paw or Philadelphia police.