The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.
QUINCY — Firefighters jumped into action to save a fellow member’s dog who fell through the ice into frigid pond waters at Granite Links Golf Club.
A video shared by Friends Of Quincy Firefighters IAFF Local 792 shows two firefighters swimming out with a rescue sled to a dog who happened to be the pet of an off-duty Quincy firefighter. His owners can be heard screaming to the dog from the shore as two firefighters pull it in.
Deputy Fire Chief Evan Bythrow said the dog had fallen through the ice and was trying to free himself but couldn’t break trough. By the time Engine 5, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 got to the pond on Jan. 25, he said, the dog had been in the water for 30 minutes and was howling loudly.
“Hearing this, the two firefighters rushed into the water, rescued the dog and brought him back to his family, who are very grateful to have him back,” Bythrow said.
Bythrow said a young boy went into the frigid water up to his waist to try to get to the dog himself, but that the water was too deep.
The deputy said firefighters have to rescue a dog — or sometimes child — who has fallen through the ice every winter, and he doesn’t recommend owners try to do it themselves.
“We have a procedure that we use — throw, row and go. First you would want to throw a life preserver if you can to pull them in, then row out of if you have a boat and the last thing you want to do is swim out,” he said. “That is the most dangerous thing you can do.”
The firefighters who performed the rescue are Lt. Danny Duncan, Chris Stiveletta and Steve Kelley
“It’s great to be able to save somebody’s pet,” Bythrow said. “It warms my heart, that’s for sure.”
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