Firefighter Saves Dog With 20 Minutes Of Mouth-To-Snout Resuscitation
This daring rescue has all of the marking of a doggone heroic tale: danger, a sweet dog in distress, and brave rescuers poised to save the day.
Firefighters saved a 10-year-old dog named Nalu during an apartment fire in Santa Monica, California. Crews revived the unconscious pooch with 20 minutes of mouth-to-snout resuscitation. Afterwards, Nalu regained consciousness and even walked around, according to a statement by the Santa Monica Fire Department.
The dog's owner, Crystal Lamirande, returned home to discover her apartment on fire. Lamarinde told ABC News that she frantically attempted to retrieve her Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix from the burning residence, but the smoke was too thick for her to enter.
Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after and found the small dog unresponsive near the bedroom and quickly leapt into action.
"He was totally lifeless," Santa Monica Firefighter Andrew Klein told ABC. "I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog."
Video posted to Facebook by the City of Santa Monica shows Klein and other rescuers reviving the dog with an oxygen mask.
"Yesterday, firefighter Klein revived a small dog who stopped breathing in an apartment fire," wrote the City of Santa Monica in a March 22 Facebook post. "Thank you to the SMFD crew for saving this sweet pup!"
Nalu is reported to be doing well after the tragic brush with danger. His human even shared this photo to Facebook after she personally thanked the fire department for saving her pup.