One thing that’s truly amazing about police officers and firefighters is the fact that that their dedication to their jobs does not end once they punch out and go home. These heroes swore an oath to serve the public and keep them safe, and they uphold that promise whether or not they are on duty.
Tim Tawater is a prime example of this fact. About five years ago, he risked his life when he entered a burning home, and he wasn’t even on duty at that time. Tim was driving to his friend’s house to attend a party in Nashville, Tennessee, when he saw dark smoke coming out of a house.
Since Tim is a firefighter, he couldn’t help but investigate. He explained that firefighters are drawn to smoke, like how a dog is drawn to bones. Tim saw people gathering around the house, and moments later, he confirmed that it was indeed a fire when flames started to shoot out of the roof.
Tim checked the house and found that nobody was inside, but when he went to the front door, he saw a huge bouvier des Flandres, these are fluffy herding dogs originating from Belgium. Tim tried to coax the dog out of the house, but it was too scared and was starting to panic.
Understanding the situation, Tim had to do the unthinkable. He went inside and kicked the door open. Onlookers were worried about Tim as they could see that the house’s roof was about to cave in. Exactly 51 seconds later, Tim stepped out of the house with the pooch in his arms, covered by a thick blanket.
After saving the pup, Time hopped into his car and drove off. People were amazed at how selfless this man is. But the media was able to track him down a couple of days later. Tim explained that he did what he did to save the dog and not be the center of attention. We could use more people like Tim in the world, that’s for sure.
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