Utah firefighter takes the German Shepherd he rescued during the forest fires in California

Draper City firefighter Patrick took a German Shepherd with the name Mendo that he and his fellow colleagues saved during the Mendocino Complex fire.

A German Shepherd that Utah firefighters found “huddled under a tree” during the forest fires California has found a new home.

A Draper City firefighter, only identified as Patrick, took the dog after rescuing him, while battling the Mendocino Complex fire, the Mendocino County animal shelter said Saturday. The firefighters of Utah immediately made friends with the dog, who they named Mendo.

“After receiving excellent care by the staff of Mendocino Animal Hospital, this dog is now with the name Mendo by his fire-fighting friends, came to the Ukiah Shelter. It was clear from the beginning, if that is not found by his guardian, Draper City firefighter Patrick wanted to adopt him,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Mendo passed all the health tests and was neutered before two volunteers took the dog to Reno, Nev., to start his new life.

Draper Fire department lost a fellow firefighter Matthew Burchett on Aug. 13 while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Mendo is reunited with firefighter Patrick who found him, while the battle of the Mendocino Complex fires. The Draper Fire brigade team from Utah lost their colleague Matt during this fire. We know Mendo will help them heal,” the shelter wrote in a second post.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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