And you’ll soon see why.
After initially attempting to revive the dog using an oxygen mask, it apparently became clear that more drastic measures were needed. “Just a minute after, he began performing CPR on the pet without any hesitation,” Fernando said, adding: “It was an awe-inspiring moment.”
The dog’s owner looked on as the firefighter continued to fight for Marley’s life. “She was watching it in horror,” said Fernando. “She was terrified the dog wouldn’t make it.”
Klein, though visibly exhausted, refused to give up.
Amazingly, about 20 minutes into his efforts, the once-lifeless dog slowly began to stir. Marley’s owner wasn’t the only one breathing a huge sigh of relief.“It’s as if the big weight lifted off my chest. I was overwhelmed with joy and tears,” Fernando said. “I witnessed the dog come back to life.”
Marley gradually began to regain his strength, and aside from seeming disoriented, appeared to be out of immediate danger. “The owner was in tears. Everyone was very happy with the ending. We are very proud of the efforts done by Andrew Klein from Santa Monica Fire Department,” Fernando said. “Firefighters have always been a role model for me, and I admire them deeply for what they do for the community. Being able to see this moment was really a privilege!”
While it might all be in a day’s work for Klein, and other first responders who save lives for a living, his dedication to the little dog won’t soon be forgotten. In fact, Marley recently got to thank his hero personally.