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Firefighter rescues icy fall: Dog plunges into icy pond, saved by practiced team

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A firefighter rescue team from O'Fallon Park helped save a dog after an icy fall into a frigid pond this week, putting to the test their safety procedures for the stranded animal and fortunately getting him out without serious issue. KPLR 11 News and STL Today shares this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, that a practiced team quickly banded together to help pull the dog out of the frozen-over pond and work to return the pet to its owner.

Local firefighters were called to the rescue after a pet dog named Diablo suffered an icy fall recently following an emergency report that a dog had plunged through the ice of a pond near O'Fallon Park, noted city officials. The team responded swiftly, arriving on scene soon after it was realized that the dog could not get out on its own.

Before the rescue crews arrived, worried witnesses had called 911 to alert the authorities and later led the team to the floundering Doberman Pinscher. The dog was continuing to try and get out of the frigid water after its fall, but was unable to do so, trapped roughly 20 yards from the pond’s edge.

It was said that the dog was chasing geese when it wandered too far out onto the unstable ice. Thankfully, the dog was only in the water 25 minutes, a brief enough time to prevent permanent injury, and its grateful owner was able to take it to a local veterinarian after a pair of firefighters saved it from the water.

The press release notes via a related source on the “firefighter rescues icy fall” story that earlier this winter a similar firefighter rescue in Oregon was implemented to save a German shepherd, according to practiced rescue procedures:

“The tethered individual, a firefighter of the Bend, Oregon, Fire Department, in an ice rescue suit was able to help the dog to shore, where he was examined and found to be unhurt and in good health, the fire captain affirmed. Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies remained on scene to locate the dog’s owner shortly afterward.”

A spokesman noted that while it is fortunate the dog was saved this week, the incident should stand as a warning to humans, too, of the serious threat that ice-covered water can pose to everyone.

“It is difficult to identify the stability of ice over a body of water,” he added. “Do not take chances venturing out on any frozen body of water … Stay safe and stay on shore!”

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