We probably use the word iconic too often in describing photos, but this one has all the elements of an iconic photo as it drew attention across the country last month.
A small dog named Nula was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse when he was pulled out of a blazing apartment. Santa Monica Fire fighter Andrew Klein performed mouth to snout CPR on the dog and gave him oxygen through an oxygen mask designed for pets. Zula made a full recovery.
We admire fire fighters as people who fight fires and save lives, but they do much more than that. If you don’t mind the working hours (no holidays or weekends off, typically 24 hours on duty, followed by three days off) this is a great job. It can be exciting and adventurous; they get to help people and save lives; it is one of the most respected jobs in the world.
Today many departments also operate a rescue unit. The jobs are not as adventurous or dangerous, but they are seldom boring. And the rescuers have many opportunities to help people and, as we have seen often on this blog, opportunities to help four-legged creatures as well.
A Fire and Rescue Service in the UK was mobilized to reports of a small dog trapped underneath a sofa.
When the crew arrived they discovered distraught humans and a panicked Chihuahua that had become trapped in the mechanism of a reclining chair. They used small tools to release the dog from the chair.
"How was your day at work, Dad? Did you put out any fires? Save any lives?"
"Not exactly. But there was this little dog and a reclining chair…"