A dog named Dicky is recovering after firefighters pulled his unconscious body from a house fire in Sacramento, California.
The fire started in a bedroom around 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The people inside the home evacuated and the fire was put out in 10 minutes, but Dicky, a three-year-old terrier mix, was trapped inside.
Firefighters from the Sacramento Metro Fire District found Dicky underneath his owner’s bed inside the home, not breathing.
Firefighters’ helmet cameras captured the dramatic moments that Dicky, scarcely alive, was rescued from the smoke-filled home.
The rescue team worked quickly on Dicky, giving him CPR.
“I thought he was dead because when they brought him out of the house he was limp,” Dicky’s owner Pamela Farmer told CBS13. “He was limp and his tongue was hanging down.”
“He was unconscious and unresponsive,” a Sacramento Metro Fire spokesman told CBS News. “So our crews initiated life-saving measures, just like they would do on a person, and performed CPR, provided the dog oxygen.”
After some tense moments and the firefighters’ life-saving measures, Dicky sprang back to life and started breathing on his own.
1 lucky dog name “Dicky” was rescued by #MetroFire personnel on the #MissionAve house fire, and we were lucky enough to have been provided footage by a bystander who captured video of the rescue and first aid. pic.twitter.com/ppPW2t0cuL
— Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) February 7, 2019
First responders breathed a sigh of relief that the furry pup was OK after his scary brush with death.
Farmer, who works as a caretaker for the 90-year-old woman who owns the home, said that Dicky is recovering well.
“He was in the emergency room yesterday for about four or five hours,” she said. “And he received oxygen and medications.”
Now, Dicky is settling back into life at home.
“Since he’s been home he’s been eating and he’s been barking and running around like his usual self,” Farmer said.
Thanks to the first responders who showed the same sense of urgency in saving Dicky’s life as they would a human, Dicky can curl up on Farmer’s lap and enjoy life.
“He’s very special to me,” Farmer said. “I’ve had him since he was a month old.”
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is proud to say that when an animal rescue is needed, they are committed to being there.
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