Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.
Bray says her passion for animals inspired the project she’s undertaken to earn her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Her goal, she said, is to help firefighters learn how to better save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning homes.
“By watching the news I saw all these animals that needed to be saved, and I wanted to help do something about it,” said Bray, a member of Girl Scout Troop 317 in Corinth.
And she did.
Over the past seven months, Bray researched how to provide not only pet oxygen masks to the community, but also the training needed to use them.
Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said he had been in communication for six weeks with Bray about her project, and initially she was just asking to donate some masks.
“We weren’t really in the market for more masks, but I told her we could maybe use some training and it went on from there,” he said.
Caleb Coursey, a member of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team, led training Saturday at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.
Coursey said it was the veterinary team’s first oxygen safety training course for firefighters, and he hopes it leads to more.
“It’s possibly one of the best things that could happen,” he said about the launch of the n...
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