When a little dog named Marley was pulled out of a burning home, he was unresponsive.
Tragedy struck a residential area in California when an apartment building suddenly caught fire. A woman was able to escape safely, but when the Santa Monica Fire Department arrived on scene, her small dog was still trapped inside.
At the same time, Billy Fernando, a portrait photographer, happened to be driving by. He saw the firefighters rush into the building and stopped to watch them work. He stood on the sidelines as firefighters fought the flame and smoke. A few minutes later, he saw one of the firefighters rush out of the building with something in his arms.
Andrew Klein, a first responder, ran toward safety where he gently laid a soot-covered dog in the grass. According to Fernando, Marley was completely limp and not moving. He told The Dodo:
"As I was standing outside, I saw the firefighter, Mr. Klein, running toward the curbside grass area carrying something. I didn't know what it was at first, but then I realized that it was a pet who had been trapped in the fire. The dog was unconscious, limp and not moving at all."
When attempts to revive the dog with an oxygen mask failed, Klein didn't hesitate to give the dog CPR. For 20 minutes, the firefighter alternated between compression and mouth-to-mouth as the dog's owner knelt desperately by his side. Fernando said,
"She [the dog's owner] was watching it in horror. She was terrified the dog wouldn't make it."
Klein was visibly exhausted from his efforts, but he refused to give up.
Finally, the little dog started showing signs of life. He took a breath, opened his eyes, and started to move. Marley was disoriented, tired, and covered in grime, but he was alive and out of immediate danger. His owner sobbed in relief as Klein passed the dog over to her. She clutched his small body in disbelief that someone cared about her dog's life as much as she did.
With rest, minor medical attention, and a bath, Marley recovered just in time to celebrate National Puppy Day. Marley and his mom paid a special visit to Klein and the rest of the fire department to show their deep appreciation. Saving lives is all in a day's work for Klein, but his heroic efforts to save a pet won't be forgotten.
What do you think of this firefighter's heroic efforts? Let us know in the comments.
All images via The Dodo/Billy Fernando
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