Off-Duty Firefighter Sees Burning Home, Runs in to Rescue Dog

Posted by Paige Cerulli

When an off-duty firefighter happened to pass by a house on fire, he caught sight of a dog trapped in the home and ran inside to save him. 

Sometimes people just happen to be in the right place at the right time. That's what happened when Tim Tawater, an off-duty firefighter, drove down the street and happened to see a house on fire. Tawater saw Samson, the family's 85-pound dog, at a bedroom window, trying to get out.

And that's when Tawater ran into the house, without any protective gear, to get the dog out.

Neighbors captured the moment on video and started calling to Tawater, warning him that the roof was collapsing and that he needed to get out of the house. Tawater searched the house, calling for the dog, and was inside for almost a full minute before emerging through the front door, with Samson wrapped in a blanket.

Tawater's actions likely saved Samson's life. The homeowners were away celebrating their seventh anniversary when the blaze broke out. Two of their three cats were found safe, hiding under a mattress. Their third cat is missing.

After rescuing the dog, Tawater left the scene once on-duty firefighters had arrived; he didn't wait around for praise. But we'll bet that Samson and his owners see Tawater as a hero. Thanks to the brave firefighter's actions, this story has a much happier ending than it might have had otherwise.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Sees Burning Home, Runs in to Rescue Dog