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GR firefighters rescue small dog; pictures shared hundreds of times

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Several Grand Rapids firefighters are being called heroes after they were photographed giving CPR to a small dog.

Jordan Roberts was walking by the fire with her children on Sigsbee Street. She says there appeared to be firefighters working on a small dog.

"I always teach my kids to be compassionate towards animals, so that was cool for them to see," she said.

The fire broke out in an upstairs apartment Tuesday afternoon. The resident was not there, but her small dog was laying by the door. According to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, the dog was barely breathing, so firefighters took him outside and started CPR.

"And after about a half hour, we could see the little tail wagging and everyone started clapping," Jordan said, adding she's glad she and her children got to see the happy ending. She posted a picture on Facebook, calling the firefighters heroes. Another person later posted a picture of one of the firefighters holding the dog. Both have been shared hundreds of times on social media.

"I'm glad," Jordan said. "I feel honored that I was able to give them some recognition for that. The news is full of tragedy. I think there is a need for that sometimes, but people also want to see moments like that, that no one hears about."

The GRFD says they were able to rescue the small dog thanks to pet oxygen masks that were donated to area fire departments a few years ago.