Captain Mark Chrun of the St. Louis fire department has found a new friend thanks to a December 16 rescue operation performed by two other firefighters. He and his family are now now the proud owners of Flori, a dog who was saved from drowning in an icy river, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Two firefighters, Rick Vogt and Steve Vaughan, crawled onto the icy surface of a lake to rescue the Labrador mix breed, who had fallen through the thin layer of frozen water. They brought the dog to animal rescue
workers who were able to bring the pup back to normal health.
After he heard some of his fellow firefighters discussing the amazing rescue, Chrun decided to visit the Humane Society in order to adopt the pup. The captain has three children who are likely thrilled at their new four-legged family member.
"We had lost a dog in September and it seemed there was an empty space in our house," Chrun told the news source. "My wife pulled up the dogs' picture on the internet, and the kids said, 'Let's get it.'"
According to The Humane Society, the number of cats and dogs living in homes in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past 40 years.