Firefighter adopts dog he rescued from Calif. wildfires
A Utah firefighter, only identified as Patrick, adopted a German shepherd after a crew found him “huddled under a tree”
By FireRescue1 Staff
DRAPER CITY, Utah — A firefighter adopted a dog he helped rescue from the California wildfires.
According to Fox News, the Utah firefighter, only identified as Patrick, was part of a firefighting crew that found the German shepherd “huddled under a tree” while battling the Mendocino Complex.
The crew immediately bonded with the dog, who now bears the name Mendo.
“After receiving excellent care by the staff at Mendocino Animal Hospital, this dog, now named Mendo by his firefighting friends, came to the Ukiah Shelter. It was clear from the start, if not found by his guardian, Draper City firefighter Patrick wanted to adopt him,” Mendocino County Animal Shelter said in a Facebook post.
Mendo was taken by animal shelter volunteers, after being neutered and passing all health tests, to meet Patrick in Reno, Nev. so the two could start their new life.
Patrick is a member of the Draper Fire Department, which lost fellow firefighter Matthew Burchett in the wildfires.
“Mendo has been reunited with firefighter Patrick who found him while battling the Mendocino Complex fires. The Draper Fire Department team from Utah lost their co-worker Matt during this fire. We know Mendo will help them heal,” the shelter said in another Facebook post.