Firefighters are heroic humans. They fight blazing fires to the death, save trapped helpless families, put out indomitable forest fires and often save animals that go unnoticed. One dog in particular is showing gratitude for a very special fire fighter that saved his life. Andrew Klein is a first responder in the Santa Monica Fire Department and Marley is the name of the very lucky dog he saved. Here’s the scoop.
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An apartment building went up in flames in the California city and Klein rushed to the scene. There he found a helpless woman pacing outside of her apartment complex. Her dog was trapped inside on the verge of possible death or injury. Klein came to the rescue.
A witness to the scene, Bill Fernando, who happened to drive past the incident, captured the entire thing on camera. Here’s what 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.”
Klein remained by the dog’s side and never gave up. He started with an oxygen max but the dog was completely unconscious and not breathing. Klein knew he had to do more in order for the dog to survive.
He immediately began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“Just a minute after, he began performing CPR on the pet without any hesitation,” said the witness, Fernando, “It was an awe-inspiring moment.”
The Marley’s owner hysterically looked on while Klein provided emergency assistance for her beloved dog.
Although Klein appeared to be fatigued and covered in ash and black soot, he continued to work on Marley for over 20 minutes. Miraculously, the dog finally woke up.
“It’s as if the big weight lifted off my chest. I was overwhelmed with joy and tears,” said Fernando. “I witnessed the dog come back to life.”
Marley, visibly shaken and weak regained more energy and awareness every minute. It was a doggy miracle.
“The owner was in tears. Everyone was very happy with the ending. We are very proud of the efforts done by Andrew Klein from Santa Monica Fire Department,” said Fernando. “Firefighters have always been a role model for me, and I admire them deeply for what they do for the community. Being able to see this moment was really a privilege!”
Although all firefighters job descriptions involve saving lives, their continual courage and hard work don’t go unnoticed. Marley lives on and can visit her favorite firefighting hero every day for the rest of her doggy life. Thanks Andrew Klein for being a champion for humans and for dogs!
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Marley is OK!! No better way to celebrate #NationalPuppyDay than with a reunion with the pup you saved! Great job Santa Monica Fire Department and Firefighter Klein!! ❤