From Burn Victim To Fire Dog, This Puppy Defies All Odds To Fight Fire
This is definitely the most inspirational dog on the block.
When firefighter William Lindler first met his dog, Jake, he was rescuing him from a fire.
While off duty from his job in Hanahan, South Carolina, Lindler smelled smoke coming from his neighbor's home and quickly went to check it out.
Inside he rescued three-week-old Jake who sustained serious burns on more than 75% of his body before Lindler could rescue him.
He was brought to a vet, but the family couldn't pay for his medical expenses, so Lindler and his family stepped in to care for Jake.
The precious pup was on morphine for his pain and had to have special medicated baths for weeks after the fire.
As he healed, he became a staple at the Hanahan Fire Department.
And he was even sworn in officially as the department's mascot.
Now, Jake helps out in a more official capacity, as well.
"I had plans to use him for a therapy dog for burned children but he doesn't sit still for too long," Lindler explained, so he's being trained as an arson detection dog.
Jake also travels around with Lindler to teach kids about fire safety.
“I was in the right place at the right time," Lindler says, "I was there for him. It was just meant to be.”