From Burn Victim To Fire Dog: Jake The Puppy Has A New Lease On Life

Rescued from a building fire at just 3 weeks old, the Pit Bull has made a full recovery and serves as the official mascot of the fire department that saved him.

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Jake was saved from a fire and adopted by firefighter William Lindler. Via  Jake's Page/Facebook
Jake was saved from a fire and adopted by firefighter William Lindler. Via Jake's Page/Facebook
John Virata

Jake is one lucky puppy.

Last May he was stuck in a building fire. He was pulled out of that fire by city of Hanahan, South Carolina, firefighter William Lindler and was taken to a veterinarian where he was treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns that covered more than 75 percent of his body, including his paw pads.

As if he hadn’t already suffered enough, two days after the fire, Jake was abandoned at the vet. But then, something wonderful happened.

Lindler decided to adopt Jake, saving him once again. And now Jake, who has a Facebook page that details his story, is the official fire dog mascot for the city of Hanahan and accompanies Lindler to the station and almost everywhere Lindler goes.

“He is there with me every third day for our shift as we work 24 hours on, 48 hours off,” Lindler told Petcha.com.

Lindler even made Jake a bed at the station because he is there so often, but Jake doesn’t always use it.

“He does lounge on the pallet bed, but it is mainly my bunk he lounges on!” he said.

Jake received some major burns when he was caught in a fire, but he's since made a full recovery. Via Jake's Page/Facebook

Jake received some major burns when he was caught in a fire, but he’s since made a full recovery. Via Jake’s Page/Facebook

After nearly a year in Lindler’s care, Jake is doing well and has been very busy in his new role. Not even a year old, and Jake has seen more than 500 students as official fire dog for the city of Hanahan, Lindler said.

“Jake has settled in very nicely to being the mascot,” Lindler said. “He goes with us out on the truck to the schools for fire prevention and other special functions they have.”

Jake lounging on his pallet bed after a long day at the station. Via Jake's Page/Facebook

Jake lounging on his pallet bed after a long day at the station. Via Jake’s Page/Facebook

“He also has performed his duties at our 1st Open House at the fire department as well as other numerous events,” Lindler added. “He is a very happy-go-lucky guy.”

The firefighter set up the Facebook page to detail Jake’s recovery and progress, and based on all the photos and posts of support from all over, Jake is well loved.

Jake has met with more than 500 students at area schools, where he promotes fire safety. Via Jake's Page/Facebook

Jake has met with more than 500 students at area schools, where he promotes fire safety. Via Jake’s Page/Facebook

“He has made a full recovery,” Lindler said. “Of course the scars will remain with very little to no fur returning.”

Despite the horror of being caught up in the fire, Jake seems to be recovering nicely and even looks to be a rascal sometimes.

Jake is the official fire house mascot for the city of Hanahan, South Carolina. Via Jake's Page/Facebook

Jake is the official fire house mascot for the city of Hanahan, South Carolina. Via Jake’s Page/Facebook

“He is totally his own unique character,” Lindler said.

One of his favorite things to do is play ball and poke fun at his sister, Bella.

Jake and his sister Bella playing tug-o-war. Via Jake's Page/Facebook

Jake and his sister Bella playing tug-o-war. Via Jake’s Page/Facebook

“Jake LOVES playing with his sister Bella, our 1-year-old Rottweiler,” Lindler said.

Jake turns 1 year old in April, and it seems like this playful puppy has a lot to celebrate.

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  • Neat story. Another real man, helping animals!

    Tammy Christensen March 22, 2016 4:28 pm Reply

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