From staff reports

It was a rather easy rescue and certainly a rewarding one for Statesville Fire Department firefighter Rawdy Cox.
For his efforts, Cox was rewarded with a couple of licks to the face from the puppy he rescued from a storm drain and with the smiling faces of the children who owned the puppy.
Cox and his fellow firefighters from the SPD answered a call on Memorial Day weekend in the 1100 block of Eighth Street. The call was about a puppy stuck in a storm drain.
They arrived, and sure enough, the pup was in the storm drain.
The pup was following behind his masters, who were headed to a neighbor’s house. For some reason, the dog walked into the storm drain and, either scared or stuck, stayed inside.