Firefighters are some of the bravest people around.They often save others from burning buildings and crashed cars, but on March 21, the Santa Monica Fire Department reminded everyone that their preservation of life doesn’t stop with humans.
After receiving a call on Tuesday, authorities arrived at the scene of an apartment fire. Once they were able to safely contain the blaze to the kitchen, they began looking for any victims.
In the smoke, firefighter Andrew Klein found a small dog named Nalu. He realized that the dog was not breathing.
“I discovered him amidst all the smoke and the heat. I grabbed him and as soon as I grabbed him I knew that he was unresponsive just by his dead weight,” he told ABC News.
Thankfully, Klein did not give up on trying to rescue the pooch. Instead, he quickly got to work resuscitating him.
Klein used a pet oxygen mask as well as CPR. After over 20 minutes of trying to get the pup to breathe, he finally began to respond.
Soon, he began breathing and walking on his own. After being taken to the veterinarian hospital, he has made a full recovery.
Meanwhile, the fire was quickly put out. There were no other injuries reported.
The owner of the dog, Crystal Lamirande, had tried going into the fire to rescue Nalu herself but was unable to see through the flames. She, and Nalu, are incredibly grateful for the hard work of the firefighters.
Lamirande posted on Facebook thanking the firefighters. “Back from the dead !!!! He is so thankful he is alive even though all his clothes are severely smoke damaged!!!!” she wrote.
After Nalu completely recovered, he and Lamirande visited their new friends at the fire department. They were both more than welcome.
“No better way to celebrate #nationalpuppyday than with a reunion with the pup you saved,” the department posted on Instagram. Thanks to firefighter Klein, Nalu can live on happy and healthy!