Puppy rescued from burning home becomes a firefighter

Everyone loves a happy ending, and that’s exactly what happened to a pup called Jake. At three weeks old, Jake was trapped in a burning garage. His mom and some of his siblings managed to escape but just as Jake went to run, the ceiling collapsed, trapping him inside.

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Jake was saved by a local firefighter named Bill Lindler. “I noticed there was some smoke coming from my neighbor’s yard. The residents were yelling their puppy was in the building. I ran back into my house, grabbed some firefighting gear and ran across the street.”

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Although he was saved, Jake still suffered burns to 75% of his body, including his paw pads. His owners soon had to abandon him at the vet, as they couldn’t afford to pay for his care.

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“I contacted the vet and the vet informed me that…the family had abandoned him at the office. That’s when me and my family decided we would adopt him.”

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Surrounded by loving people at the Hanahan Fire Department and Lindler’s family, Jake recovered quickly.

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He turned out to be such a great morale booster for the firefighters that he’s now not only been given the official title of station mascot, but he’s also been made an honorary firefighter.

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“I would honestly like to get him certified to be a therapy dog for burned children.”

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“But [I] have changed gears and we are focusing on training him to be an Arson Detection Dog.”

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