HANAHAN, South Carolina – Jake was badly burned when he was just a puppy, but thankfully his rescuer helped him turn his life around.
According to ABC News, Fireman William Lindler rescued Jake from a burning shed when he was just 3 weeks old.
“I literally found Jake in the last place you could see before the smoke became pitch black and was too dark to navigate through,” Lindler said. “He wasn’t doing too good, and I gave him mouth-to-snout breaths until we could get an oxygen mask for him.”
When Lindler found out that Jake’s family couldn’t afford the medical bills for his recovery, he and his wife decided to adopt him.
Once Jake recovered, Lindler began taking him to work at the fire station.
So this past winter, Jake was sworn in as an honorary firefighter and the fire department’s official mascot.
He will soon start training to be an arson detection dog.
“He loves sniffing and snooping around when I play with him and hide his toys,” he said. “So I figured, hey, he might be a good fit for being a detection dog.”