By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger Posted Mar 03, 2011 @ 04:28 AM
Two Kingston firefighters plunged into the frigid water of Reeds Mill Pond to rescue a 75-pound dog that had fallen through the ice.
Wearing survival suits and using an ice sled, fire Capt. Stephen Heath and Firefighter John Bartlett were able to reach Shadow, a 1-year-old golden retriever who was about 100 feet offshore, and pull him to safety.
“He was in very good condition when he came out,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mark Douglass, who was at the scene.
Shadow’s owner, Leslie Greeley of Paradise Lane, had been searching frantically for the pet for about an hour before spotting him in the pond. She called the police and fire departments just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Greeley said the dog’s electronic collar wasn’t working, and she thinks Shadow chased birds onto the ice.
“His nose had gone under twice,” said Greeley, who was watching from shore. “Thanks to the fire department, he’s safe. I couldn’t have gotten him out.”
Shadow was taken to the Kingston Animal Hospital for a check-up.
“He’s home and his body temperature is good,” Greeley said.
Greeley and her two children are thankful firefighters were able to rescue Shadow.
Douglass said the ice in the area where Shadow fell through had been softened by an underground spring. And while he doesn’t recommend going out on pond ice, it is even more risky at this time of year when temperatures are above 32 degrees.
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