Did the firefighters go above and beyond their duty when they saved a golden retriever from icy waters? Ellen DeGeneres thought so, she awarded these rescuers Caribbean Cruise tickets. Unfortunately, these heroes will not be able to partake in endless drinks and sun filled days.
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Four Boston area firefighters that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres rewarded with Caribbean cruise tickets for rescuing a dog from an icy river have had to return them because of conflicts with state ethics laws.
Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie tells The Boston Globe (bo.st/1apPx73) Wednesday that he has sent the cruise vouchers back because state ethics law prohibits firefighters from accepting gifts worth $50 or more. He called DeGeneres’ gift a “nice gesture.”
DeGeneres gave the firefighters the tickets and life vests Tuesday on her show for saving a golden retriever named Crosby. The dog chased a squirrel onto thin ice Dec. 22 and plunged into the Charles River.
The fire department allowed the show to pay for plane tickets to the taping. The firefighters can keep the vests.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com
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Firefighters Return Caribbean Cruise Tickets Rewarded by Ellen DeGeneres