National Firefighters Day!

Written by Paige Touse

Rescue Dog Jake Becomes A Firefighter

In 1999, five firefighters were battling a wildfire in Australia when the wind changed direction and killed them. This was the story that inspired International Firefighters Day to be created.

May 4th is Saint Florian's day, the first suspected commanding firefighter of a Roman battalion thus becoming the patron saint of firefighters. International Firefighters Day is a day to celebrate and remember the past firefighters who have died in service, and those who are still fighting the fire. Individuals can show support and appreciation by wearing a blue and red ribbon— a symbolic representation of a firefighter's job. Red for fire and blue for water.

Firefighters fight for and rescue houses, communities, families, individuals, and dogs. Like Jake.

As a three-week-old puppy, Jake, pitbull mix, was rescued from a burning shed by firefighter Bill Lindler. He suffered several burn marks and needed to be brought to a local clinic for treatment. After not being able to contact Jake's owner, Bill took him in. Due to his treatment requiring several dozes of antibiotics a day, Bill began to Jake around the fire house.

"Even with all the burns, he was so happy and so friendly," says firefighter, James Durham, "It was just nice to have him around,".

Jake was quickly recognized as the official mascot and fire fighter of the Hanahan Fire Department by the Mayor. He even has his own bed at the station. Now, Jake visits schools to help teach students about fire safety and how to handle emergencies. Originally Bill wanted to train Jake to be therapy dog but is now training him to be an Arson Detection Dog.

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