HOUSTON -

Friday a Houston fire Fighter was honored for saving the life of a dog in a house fire.

Natural Pawz has created the "Pawz Award" for firefighters who go above and beyond the call of duty to rescue animals in need.

Engine Operator Eric Ruple from station 51 is the first to receive this award.

On January 6, Ruple and the crew from station 51 were called to a house fire on Bellaire Blvd.

The flames were fueled by high winds, making it difficult for firefighters to put out.

Trapped in the fire was the family dog.

Ruple got a bite on the hand from the scared pup, but was able to save it.

He was awarded with a basket of toys and treats for his own pet to enjoy.