Firefighters forced to turn down trip for dog rescue

Posted: 01/16/14 at 7:00 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/16/14 at 11:19 pm EST

WELLESLEY, Mass. (WHDH) – A group of Wellesley firefighters appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show after they rescued a dog that had fallen through the ice in town.

DeGeneres even gave the four firefighters a trip on a Caribbean cruise, but due to state law they weren’t able to accept the trip.

“The law is very specific on that. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts only allows a public employee to take no more $50 in a gift,” Wellesley Fire Deputy Chief Jeffrey Peterson said.

The four firefighters rescued Crosby, a golden retriever, from the Charles River on Dec. 22.

Peterson said he got calls from all over the country telling him the firefighters deserve the trip.

“We have to do right thing. We always do right thing here at fire department and the right thing is to not accept gifts like that. We're very proud of them. They were really excited just to go out to be on The Ellen Show. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Peterson said.

Officials say the department would have been able to accept a donation of equipment that could have been used by the enter crew, but because this was for specific people they were unable to take the gift.

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