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Photo: Firefighter saves puppy from fire

The six-week-old puppy was unresponsive when firefighters found him

By Kirk Brown
Independent Mail

ANDERSON, S.C. — Django survived a close call Wednesday evening.

The 6-week-old pit bull was not breathing when Anderson city firefighters found him inside a burning house on Marion Street, which is near Williamston Road.

But Django's tiny eyes opened as the puppy emerged from the smoke-filled structure cradled in a firefighter's arms.

Photo Kirk Brown/Independent Mail
Firefighter Bruce Reeves, an Anderson Fire Department Engineer gives oxygen to a 6-week-old pitbull 

Another firefighter hustled to a truck to retrieve a medical kit. Then Anderson Fire Department engineer Bruce Reeves fitted a miniature oxygen mask from the kit over Django's nose. The puppy's owner, Wesley Maddox, stood nearby watching and worrying.

After Django started to come around, Reeves handed the puppy and the oxygen mask to Maddox.

Django was home alone when the fire started in one of the house's two bedrooms. Maddox arrived moments before his puppy was rescued.

The fire, which was reported by neighbors shortly before 5:30 p.m., caused moderate damage to the home where Maddox has lived for eight years.

Fifteen firefighters put out the blaze in less than five minutes, said Michael Guest, a battalion chief with city's fire department.

Guest said it appeared that faulty wiring sparked the fire.

Republished with permission from Independent Mail

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Richard Gillespie Richard Gillespie Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:52:13 PM Well done Brother. Dogs are people too. Good save of a youngster.
Elaine Clark Stewart Elaine Clark Stewart Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:59:28 PM job well done! god bless you.
Karen Zarinsky Karen Zarinsky Friday, January 25, 2013 6:57:41 AM Go Bruce! you're a sweetie!
Cal Coast Pet Rescue Cal Coast Pet Rescue Friday, January 25, 2013 11:27:40 AM Nice job all! Saving sentient beings is saving mankind! We are all one! XOXOXO!
Amy Jerome Amy Jerome Friday, January 25, 2013 11:41:08 AM Job well done guys! Bruce Reeves... thank you.
Holly Spencer DeVries Holly Spencer DeVries Friday, January 25, 2013 12:21:06 PM Thank you!
Erika Birk Erika Birk Friday, January 25, 2013 12:58:23 PM Good job, gentlemen!
Lynne Fedorick Cpdt KA Lynne Fedorick Cpdt KA Friday, January 25, 2013 4:09:14 PM Aww! Thanks for being a hero to that pup and his people too!
W Joseph Lacks W Joseph Lacks Friday, January 25, 2013 4:33:38 PM GOOD MAN.
Anthony Compton Anthony Compton Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:48:11 AM High Five ^^^^^ Brother!

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