Firefighter Adopts Dog He Saved in Wildfire

posted by Jared - 

California just experienced the worst wildfire in its history, the Mendocino Wildfires. It caused a lot of damage and one firefighter lost his life battling it. 

One of the fighters on the front lines was Patrick Cullen. According to the Draper City Fire Department, Patrick was fighting the fire and saw a pair of "glowing eyes." He thought it could have been a mountain lion, but it turned out to be a German Shepard. Patrick gave the dog water as it was really thirsty and the dog slept next to the fire truck that night. When Patrick's shift was over he took the dog down to the city to the animal shelter. 

Apparently, Patrick couldn't stop thinking about the dog and since the shelter couldn't find his owners, he decided to adopt the pup! 

After a long drive, Patrick was reunited with the dog who was extremely happy to see him! He decided to name him Mendo, after the Mendocino Fire. 


One lucky dog ... we want to introduce you to "Mendo", named after the Mendocino fire. While fighting the fires high on the mountain, our Fire Fighter Patrick Cullen spotted a pair of glowing eyes. He was't sure what it was, a mountain lion perhaps? And out came a beautiful German Shepard dog. The dog was super thirsty, and after getting some water, he slept under the fire truck all night. The crew took him to the city after their shift was over. Patrick couldn't get the dog out of his mind, so he checked to see if the county animal services had found his owners. Then, he found out that he could adopt him. So some volunteers from Mendocino County drove the dog half way to Reno, where Patrick met with him yesterday. The dog was happy to to see Patrick he ran around in happy circles. "Mendo" we are happy to say that Draper is now your home. What a beautiful, friendly and affectionate dog. Congrats Patrick and family on the newest member of your family!

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Out of such destruction and sadness came a new lifelong friendship between a firefighter and the dog that he saved. See the pics and the post! 


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