Meet Andrew Klein, a brave first responder from Santa Monica Fire Department in California. However, thanks to his heroic act towards a small dog named Marley, he will always be remembered as a hero. Keep reading to find out why.
Earlier this week, Marley’s apartment building caught fire, and unfortunately, the little pup was trapped inside along with his mom. Luckily, Billy Fernando, a talented portrait photographer, happened to be driving by when he saw firefighters rushing into the burning building. Intrigued, he decided to pull over and watch the rescue efforts unfold.
He had the privilege of seeing a heroic act that saved a life. Fernando recounted how he witnessed Mr. Klein, a firefighter, rushing towards the grass area near the street while carrying an unknown object. It wasn’t until later that Fernando realized that the object was a pet that was trapped in the fire. The poor dog was unresponsive, lifeless, and unconscious.
Klein remained beside the canine and took action. Despite trying to resuscitate the dog by using an oxygen mask, it seemed evident that more urgent measures were required. Fernando recounted that Klein fearlessly performed CPR on the animal just a minute later, which was indeed an impressive moment.
Fernando watched as the fireman valiantly battled to save Marley’s life while the dog’s owner stood by in terror. Despite being visibly tired, Klein persevered and refused to give up hope. Miraculously, after approximately 20 minutes of working on Marley, the dog slowly began to show signs of life again. Fernando wasn’t the only one who was overjoyed at this outcome – Marley’s owner also breathed a huge sigh of relief. Fernando described the experience as feeling like a massive weight had been lifted from his chest. He felt overwhelmed with both joy and tears as he witnessed Marley being brought back to life.
As time went by, Marley’s condition improved and he started to recover his strength. Although he seemed a bit confused, it was evident that he was no longer in imminent danger.
The proprietor was tearful and everyone present was thrilled with the outcome. Fernando expressed his pride in Andrew Klein from the Santa Monica Fire Department and the admirable work of firefighters who serve as role models for him. Seeing this moment unfold was a true honor for him. Although it may be routine work for Klein and other first responders to rescue lives, his efforts to aid the small canine will be remembered for a long time.
Marley had the wonderful opportunity to express gratitude to his role model in person. A big shoutout to Billy Fernando for generously sharing his personal experience and capturing moments in pictures. For more of Fernando’s exceptional work, feel free to check out his website or follow his Facebook page.