Andrew Klein works for the Santa Monica Fire Department in California as a first responder. But one tiny dog named Marley will go down in history as a hero.
And you’ll discover why soon enough.
A fire broke out in the apartment complex where Marley and his mother reside earlier this week, locking the small puppy inside. Billy Fernando, a portrait photographer, was passing by when he noticed firefighters racing inside the blazing building and pulled over to watch them work.
That’s when he saw a life being saved for the first time.
“I noticed the firefighter, Mr. Klein, going toward the curbside grass area holding something while I was standing outside,” Fernando told The Dodo. “I had no idea what it was at first, but it turned out to be a pet that had become trapped in the fire. The dog was asleep, limp, and unable to move.”
After attempting to resuscitate the dog with an oxygen mask, it appeared that more extreme steps were required.
“He began doing CPR on the pet without hesitation just a minute later,” Fernando recalled, adding, “It was an awe-inspiring event.”
The dog’s owner stood by and watched as the firefighter fought for Marley’s life.
“She was terrified as she saw it,” Fernando added. “She was afraid the dog wouldn’t be able to make it.”
Klein, despite his obvious exhaustion, refused to give up.
Surprisingly, the once-lifeless dog began to stir after approximately 20 minutes of his attempts. The owner of Marley wasn’t the only one who breathed a sigh of relief.
“It’s as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was overcome with happiness and tears “Fernando remarked. “I was present when the dog resurrected.”
Apart from being bewildered, Marley steadily regained his vigor and looked to be out of imminent danger.
“The proprietor was inconsolably upset. The finale made everyone very pleased. We are really proud of Andrew Klein of the Santa Monica Fire Department’s efforts “Fernando said. “Firefighters have always been a source of inspiration for me, and I greatly appreciate what they do for the community. It was a true honor to be able to witness this event!”
Klein’s commitment to the tiny dog, although all in a day’s work for him and other first responders who save lives for a living, will not be forgotten.
In fact, Marley just had the opportunity to thank his idol in person.