Human Lives Are More Precious Than Pets

This is in reference to your September 11-17, 2009 article, “Scholarship for Heroism Applications Now Being Accepted.”

In it you state that last year’s recipient of the award, Shane Rawls, received it for rescuing his family from a fire that broke out in his home.  That is highly commendable, and he deserves the reward for it.


You also said that he later returned to the burning home to rescue his dog.  As heartbreaking as that situation was, he should have left the pet behind because could have lost not only his own life but that of firefighters who may have tried to rescue Rawls.

Then Rawls’ family and that of the firefighters could have suffered tragedies.
As much as we love our pets, human life must be regarded more precious than that of an animal.

Marianne Komek
Perth Amboy

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