BTBuzz: Officers unite families with dog, chicken; get couple to wedding venue; and save baby from drowning


Indiana State Police Master Trooper Dwayne Halliburton will be a forever hero to a family after reuniting them with their Siberian Husky.

The frightened dog ran off after the family was involved in an auto accident.

“I received a text from our dispatcher and she was reading on Facebook that apparently a dog that was traveling in a vehicle that was in an accident and it jumped out of the vehicle and apparently the owners couldn’t find it,” Halliburton said.

In New York, Suffolk County Police Officer Cody Matthews and Sergeant Thomas Kennedy gave a couple set to be married the best wedding gift.

On their way to get married, the couple and their two children were involved in a non-injury auto accident. Kennedy instructed Matthews to drive the family to Town Hall to get married.

“It is a holiday miracle,” Joseph DeMichele said, laughing, during a news conference Sunday at the Suffolk County Police Department’s Seventh Precinct in Yaphank.

In Missouri, Greenwood Police Department Chief Greg Hallgrimson and Cpl. Tom Calhoun’s quick actions saved the life of a 6-month-old girl whose father attempted to drown her.

After the father alerted police to what he had done, the two officers quickly went to the pond, pulled the child out, and performed CPR until she started breathing.

“There was absolutely someone watching over that child today,” he said.

In New York, Ossining Police Officer Patrick McGovern rescued a family’s chicken when it was stuck in a burning shed.

McGovern responded to the shed fire, and after removing numerous tanks of propane from the shed, he located a chicken that was hiding.

The police department later posted the footage to Facebook, stating: “Somewhere around the first day of field training, some salty cop usually hits you with, ‘Kid, you wouldn’t believe what goes on around here if I told you.’ Saturday, Officer McGovern had his ‘aha’ moment.”

In Michigan, Wyoming Police Department Officer Tony Jacob was in the right place at the right time.

Jacob was able to stop a wrong-way driver from going head-on with oncoming traffic.

Once Jacob realized the driver was asleep, he gave the car a slight push until the car turned and came to a stop.