When a fire broke out in their Ames, Iowa home, he rushed inside to save their cat, Cleo. But, the smoke was too thick, even for firefighters who bravely ran into the burning house twice.
Finally, firefighters found Cleo in the basement, unresponsive and surrounded by thick, black smoke. As they carried her limp body outside, everyone feared the worse. Her owner, Annie Fangman begged her little pet to hang on:
I was just like, 'Come on, Cleo. We don't want to lose you,' she said.
After 30 minutes of fighting for her life, Cleo began to breathe on her own. Then, she began to meow in response to her owner's gentle touch and encouraging words.
Ames Fire Department Lt. Jordan Damhof credits his coworkers for their dedication to reviving Cleo. She was rushed to the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, where she remains on oxygen in intensive care.
"I'm really thankful," Fangman said. "I can't even put it into words really, what they did for us and saved our cat. Vets are hoping that the Cleo will be strong enough to return home in a few days.
Watch the video of Cleo's rescue below -
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