This is Jake. He’s a fire dog in Hanahan, South Carolina.
Jake is the mascot for the Hanahan fire department and he goes to school to help kids learn about fire safety and emergency preparedness.
“Hey, wait a minute,” you’re probably saying “Dalmatians are usually the dogs that do that kind of thing. And Jake isn’t a dalmatian!”
You’re correct. Jake is actually a pit-bull mix, but he’s probably a better candidate than other canine. And we’re going to explain why. Just get your tissues ready
It you didn’t notice in the other pictures, Jake has several burn scars. He’s was rescued from a fire by off-duty firefighter William Lindler.
Linder saved Jake from a fire on his neighbor’s property back in May of 2015 and brought him to a local animal clinic. Jake was just 9-weeks-old and weighed only 4 pounds. A vet technician estimated that he burned on nearly 75 percent of his body, included his paw pads.
Although he had survived the fire, the outlook for puppy Jake was not good.Severe burns like that could lead to infection and treatment had to be constant. What’s worse is that Jake’s family abandoned him at the vet.
But luckily Linder wasn’t done saving Jake. When the firefighter found out that the puppy was in need of home, he took him in.
“The first night at the station he actually slept in the bunk with me," Linder told a local news station after he and his family had adopted Jake.
Now that he's grown, Jake has his own bed.
And in December, he was sworn in by the Hanahan city council as an honorary member of the Hanahan fire department.
He even has to 'sign' his paw signature on the oath.
He also got his own badge!
“I would honestly like to get him certified to be a therapy dog for burned children," Lindler told the press back in May. "I would like for them to know that no matter how bad it is, this little guy beat the odds being burned as bad as he was at four weeks old and he's still beautiful."
Hopefully, Jake will be able to start training in just a couple months to be certified to help kids suffering from fire injuries. In the meantime, you can follow all of Jake’s fire-fighting cuteness via his Facebook page.
See, we told you you’d need tissues!