(NEWSER) – Firefighters don't come any more dedicated than Tim Tawater, who was off duty and driving to his daughter's birthday party on Saturday when he spotted clouds of smoke and followed them to a burning home.

He was the first firefighter on the scene in the Nashville suburb of White House and, after conducting a primary search to make sure nobody was in the home, went back inside to rescue a dog that ran in as he approached it, the Tennessean reports. A neighbor recorded the anxious moments before Tawater emerged from the blazing house carrying the 85-pound dog. Tawater took off soon afterward and was only identified when a relative saw video of the rescue online.

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