Some photographs manage to touch our hearts.
No words are needed to express the emotional impact they have. One such photo and a popular dog photograph is that of the fireman being licked by a Doberman. The photo really is memorable and it’s easy to see why it’s so special.
But what’s the story behind it? Who is that fireman and doberman, and what happened?
Unfortunately like some things circulating on the internet, the story is not all factual. Thanks to the Snopes website we have the real story behind this photo. (Snopes investigates rumours and urban legends to get the real facts.)
Although the photo is real, the details have been altered a bit. The photo was taken during a house fire in 1999 and shows fireman Jeff Clark being licked by a pregnant, red Doberman named “Cinnamon”. The photo description has people believe that Cinnamon was thanking the firefighter for carrying her out the burning house, saving her life.
What, in fact, occurred at the time:
During the house fire, there was already one dog outside in the yard and another one ran out of the house on its own. It was at the moment that the firefighter knelt down and removed his mask, that Cinnamon walked over and licked him at the most opportune timing for photographer Patrick Schneider. The fireman didn’t really rescue the dog in some dramatic fashion like we may imagine. But regardless of the exact details of the event, it’s still a beautiful moment between a human and a canine.
A heart-warming moment is frozen in time and preserved forever.
Jeff Clark works for the Charlotte Fire Department. Pregnant Cinnamon did give birth to five puppies and eventually passed away in 2005. Thanks, Cinnamon and Jeff for this warm fuzzy moment, and Patrick for the great shot.
(An interview with Jeff Clark is available at Snopes.com)