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VIDEO | FDL deputy rescues dog and knocks down apartment fire | By Sheriff Ryan F. Waldschmidt

September 7, 2023 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – On August 31, 2023, Deputy Jason Bruggink was on patrol and heard City of Fond du Lac Fire Rescue dispatched to a structure fire at a multi-unit apartment complex on Ledgewood Drive in the far northeast corner of the city.

Knowing he was likely the closest emergency responder, Deputy Bruggink self-dispatched to the call and was able to set the fire back with his fire extinguisher.

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Two other deputies also arrived on scene and worked quickly to ensure all occupants of the apartment structure were evacuated and accounted for, and while doing so, Deputy Bruggink made a second entry in an attempt to extinguish fire that had spread into the attic.

During that second entry he also rescued a dog and was able to reunite the dog with its owner.

When fire crews arrived on scene, Deputy Bruggink provided specific information about the location and spread of the fire into the attic, as well as other details that allowed firefighters to quickly access and attack the fire, ultimately saving the structure.


According to Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue administration, had Deputy Bruggink not arrived so quickly and work to set the fire back, the fire likely would have spread and destroyed a much more significant portion of the apartment structure.

Deputies never know what they will face when they start their shift each day, and this is another great example of the proactive work of our deputies to protect life and property and work in collaboration with other emergency response agencies to “get the job done.”

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