Some photographs need no words to touch our hearts. One such photo is that of a Doberman giving a firefighter a kiss.
But what’s the story behind it? Who is that Doberman and Fireman?
Unfortunately, some things circulating on the internet don’t tell us the truth. Fake news has always existed but luckily it’s now easier to check facts. Thanks to the Snopes website we have the real story behind this photo. (Snopes investigates rumors and urban legends.)
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 of 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 (Cinnamon) ran out of the house on its own. When the firefighter knelt down and removed his mask, Cinnamon walked over and licked him at the perfect moment for photographer Patrick Schneider. The fireman didn’t really rescue the dog in some dramatic fashion as we may imagine. She wasn’t carried out of the burning house. But regardless of the exact details of the event, it’s still a beautiful moment between a human hero and a canine. A heart-warming moment is frozen in time and preserved forever.
Jeff Clark works for the Charlotte Fire Department. And pregnant Cinnamon gave birth to five Doberman puppies. She eventually passed away in 2005. Thanks, Cinnamon and Jeff for this warm moment, and Patrick for the great shot.
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