INDIANAPOLIS – Former Butler student-athlete Eileen Orban was featured on The Today Show this morning with her dog Dempsey. Dempsey is a survivor who was intentionally burned as a puppy, but at two-and-a-half years old this boxer / mastiff mix now has a chance to be featured on NBC's Chicago Fire as the producers search for the top firehouse dog in the nation.
Eileen and her husband Rich, a Butler football alum, adopted Dempsey from the Henry County Humane Society after hearing about his devastating story as a puppy. Dempsey's four paws had been mostly burned off along with most of his tail. Eileen, a former volleyball player who now works for the Pike Township Fire Department, has used Dempsey in dozens of fire safety programs in schools and at camps for children with burns.
"He's your living example of what fire can do," Orban said. "They see him walk or they see him move and it kind of melts their heart and they take in that message."
Hundreds of firehouses nationwide submitted entries for the "Top Dog" contest, but the voting has narrowed down to three finalists. The voting ends on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. so Click Here to vote for Dempsey.