Image: Facebook/Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento

When Chunk the dog ended up at a shelter, she didn’t appear to be happy. After all, although her life on the streets had ended, her future was still uncertain, and she had no home to call her own. When Mike Thawley – the man who’d saved her – showed up, though, the little pup seemingly couldn’t hide her joy.

Image: Hermes Rivera

Thawley is a firefighter with the Sacramento Fire Department in California. As such, it is his job to try to help people in all manner of emergency incidents – a heroic endeavor in and of itself. However, in 2016 Thawley became somewhat of a hero for yet another reason.

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