PETA honors trooper who saved cows from barn fire

December 27, 2006|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter

An off-duty state trooper who ran into a burning barn in Bel Air last week to help a farmer save his cattle has been recognized by an animal-rights organization.

Cpl. James Joseph Kozlowski III was driving past Broom's Bloom Dairy on Dec. 19 when he noticed the barn was on fire and pulled over to help. Nearly 50 cows were saved, but Kozlowski was struck by falling debris and knocked unconscious.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment and has since been released. He has yet to return to duty, a state police spokesman said. Ten cows died in the blaze, which demolished the barn.

"We commend Cpl. Kozlowski for looking out for the safety of all members of the community - including the four-legged residents," said Bruce Friedrich, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a news release.

"Cows are generally treated like unfeeling milk or meat machines instead of the gentle, intelligent animals they are," Friedrich wrote.

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