When backup arrived, Lindler entered the burning structure and found Jake hiding beneath a couch on the verge of death.
"I brought him outside, and he was pretty bad," said Lindler. "He wasn't moving. He wasn't breathing. I did mouth-to-snout on him, until we could administer oxygen."
Though badly burned, the little dog survived and was sent to an emergency vet clinic. A few weeks later, Lindler dropped by to check in on how Jake was doing. That's when he learned that the puppy's family failed to come claim him.