The heroism of firefighters always makes them favorites in the community. Their entire job revolves around risking their lives in order to save others. As if that isn’t enough already, they go out of their way to help even when they aren’t on duty.

One such firefighter, Dan Estrada, really went above and beyond when he saved a blind Labrador, Sage. He was out for a walk in the redwood forest behind his house with his two dogs when he found 12 year old Sage near the river.

Dan Estrada carries Sage to safety (Courtesy of Vincent Lopez)

Our neighbors and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week. We looked everywhere.

Sage had inadvertently wandered off from his home eight days previously. His owners had hired a professional tracker and called out the entire neighborhood to aid in their search efforts, but they found no sign of him. Everyone had given up hope of Sage ever being found.

Sage with Estrada’s pit bull, Koelsch (Courtesy of Vincent Lopez)

The area was known to be frequented by mountain lions and the blind dog wouldn’t have stood a chance in a fight against them. Sage’s owner, Beth Cole, spoke to the media about the events that lead up to his rescue. She stated,

“Our neighbors and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week. We looked everywhere.”

Dan Estrada and Sage are reunited after the rescue (Courtesy of Dan Estrada)

Estrada just happened to be in the right place at the right time. He stumbled across Sage standing on the riverbank in the forest. Sage was a playmate of his own dogs, so he didn’t hesitate to run up to him and give him a kiss. Knowing that the dog had been in the forest for some time, Estrada lifted Sage up and carried him out on his shoulders. Sage’s owners were ecstatic to see him again. It had been a grueling eight days without him in their lives.

To show their appreciation of Estrada’s dramatic rescue, Sage’s owners offered him a $1000 reward. He politely refused them. Estrada stated that “It really was a miracle,” in regards to how he was able to find Sage. This is definitely one fortunate dog.

Sage (with a neighbor who takes her for walks) not long after her rescue (Courtesy of Dan Estrada)