Knowing this rescue would require specialized equipment and skills, the police contacted the Paterson Fire Department for help. Captain Scott Parkin received the call, and was confident that he and his team could handle it — his father, Joseph Parkin Sr., is a retired firefighter who performed a few very similar dog rescues at the Great Falls. Knowing he could follow in his father’s footsteps, Parkin requested the rescue be assigned to his unit, Rescue Co. 2.
The police also contacted Paterson Animal Control, which then called Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to see if it could take the dog in once he was rescued. Without knowing what the dog was like or even seeing a picture of him, the rescue agreed, and Frannie D'Annunzio, a staff member at the rescue, immediately rushed to the scene.