The Firefighters in our country are just completely awesome, they are not just here to fight fires though, they also do many other awesome things too. The Oaklyn Fire Dept in New Jersey is a real testament to this and their Station 18 team…
One day in December, the 30th day, they shot out to extinguish a fire taking hold of a chicken coop, then right after it very quickly changed to answer the emergency of rescuing a exotic dog caught 150 feet out on a frozen lake!
Oaklyn Fire Chief Scott Cairns said:
“As far as the rescue goes, we had just cleared the scene of a garage fire with an attached chicken coop and were at the station cleaning equipment when we were dispatched to the report of an animal rescue”
“Shortly after responding, the assignment was upgraded to an ice rescue as it was reported to be a dog that had fallen through the ice on our local lake called Newton Creek.”
The poor doggie stranded on the ice was a very exotic Shar-Pei called Lilly, she had been seen by residents on the lake, unfortunately she had been walking across the lake unaware of the danger below her.
All of a sudden she broke the ice underneath her paws and fell through the ice into the water below!
“I arrived on location and met with the witnesses … in the backyard of a residence on Kendall Blvd …They informed they had observed the dog running on the ice when it suddenly broke and the dog fell into the water.”
“I observed the dog was currently treading water to stay afloat and seemed to be getting weaker, most likely due to the cold water temperature. I then advised our responding personnel to don their ice rescue suits and prepare to go out onto the lake.”
The team of firefighters were, quite amazingly responding to their 300th call of the year which made their efforts to save the poor doggie a momentous event, it even set a record for the small town where it happened!
Fire Chief Scott Cairn said:
“Our units arrived on scene and Battalion Chief Greg Grudzinski and Captain Fred Bartling were tethered off to a safety line and deployed our ice rescue sled …They pulled themselves out to the dog and were able to pull her up onto the sled.”
“We then pulled the safety line and towed them to shore where the dog was placed into warm blankets and towels by the EMS crew.”
The Fire Dept has posted lots of pictures of the rescue on their facebook page to mark the momentous moments of the rescue they performed, their story has really gone viral of the holidays, and we can really see why, how really great it is and a superb rescue too!
“The dog was successfully reunited with her owner shortly after the incident ..From what we have heard, she seems to be doing very well.”
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