Not all heroes wear capes!
“He began performing CPR on the pet without any hesitation.”
Andrew Klein is a first responder with the Santa Monica Fire Department in California. Marley, the dog, owes this man his life as Andrew refused to give up on him after pulling him from a burning home.
In 2017, a blaze broke out Marley’s building, trapping the pet inside.
By chance, portrait photographer Billy Fernando was driving past as the firefighters were rushing to the scene. So, he made the decision to stop his car and watch them do their jobs. This was the moment he witnessed Marley’s life being saved.
“As I was standing outside, I saw the firefighter, Mr. Klein, running toward the curbside grass area carrying something,” Fernando told The Dodo. “I didn’t know what it was at first, but then I realized that it was a pet who had been trapped in the fire. The dog was unconscious, limp and not moving at all.”
Andrew Klein did not leave the dog’s side.
It became clear that drastic measures were required to revive Marley as attempting to use the oxygen mask did not work.
“Just a minute after, he began performing CPR on the pet without any hesitation,” Fernando said, adding: “It was an awe-inspiring moment.”
Marley’s owner watched with bated breath as they fought to save Marley’s life.
Andrew Klein did not give up.
To everyone’s relief, after roughly 20 minutes, Andrew’s efforts paid off as the pet began to slowly move.
“It’s as if the big weight lifted off my chest. I was overwhelmed with joy and tears,” Fernando said. “I witnessed the dog come back to life.”
“The owner was in tears. Everyone was very happy with the ending. We are very proud of the efforts done by Andrew Klein from Santa Monica Fire Department,” Fernando said. “Firefighters have always been a role model for me, and I admire them deeply for what they do for the community. Being able to see this moment was really a privilege!”