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Memorial held for Dania Beach resident who tried to save dogs from fire

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A memorial held for Jerry "Bone" Chapman. A memorial held for Jerry "Bone" Chapman.
Jerry "Bone" Chapman posing with his two dachshunds, Princess and Peanut. Jerry "Bone" Chapman posing with his two dachshunds, Princess and Peanut.

DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Dozens of friends and loved ones gathered to pay tribute to a South Florida man who died trying to save his dogs after his home burst into flames.

Jerry "Bone" Chapman was buried Saturday, one week after he lost his life trying to save his two dachshunds, Princess and Peanut, from his mobile home, located on the 5200 block of Southeast 22nd Terrace in Dania Beach, April 18.

Chapman ran back inside the burning mobile home to try to rescue his dogs. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for severe burns and smoke inhalation. He passed away the next day.

"We lost an incredible man that I've learned more about in the last week than in the last 19 years he was married to my sister," said Nancy Eller, Chapman's sister-in-law. "He was an amazing, amazing man."

Princess' body was recovered inside Chapman's home. Peanut still has not been found. Family and friends have put up flyers in the hope that he ran off and might be found later.

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