Video: Colo. firefighters rescue dog from icy waters
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority firefighters rescued a dog that had fallen into icy water at Tommy Davis Park in Greenwood Village
By Saja Hindi
The Denver Post
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — South Metro Fire Rescue Authority firefighters rescued a dog — in seconds, according to the agency — that had fallen into icy water at Tommy Davis Park in Greenwood Village on Sunday.
The firefighters responded to the call at about 11 a.m., according to a tweet from the agency, and officials said witnesses did the right thing by calling 911 rather than trying to get the dog out themselves.
Spokesman Eric Hurst said concerned bystanders called to report the dog on the ice because they were worried other people would try to go onto the water and rescue the dog.
Thankfully, they didn’t, he said. The engines at the fire department are equipped with dry suits, so a firefighter put one on and was able to get the dog to safety. Englewood resident Brad Cole caught the rescue on video.
Hurst said it appeared that the dog was off leash, so this can serve as a reminder to keep dogs on a leash, especially with geese around the parks serving as distractions for dogs.
The dog and owner were reunited, and Hurst said the dog seemed to be doing well.
“We’re here because sometimes accidents happen,” said Hurst, adding that residents shouldn’t try to rescue pets on their own.
“Trained and properly equipped firefighters got the job done in seconds!” the agency’s tweet said.
“That video is the perfect example of how quickly firefighters can do it safely and efficiently without risking anyone’s safety,” Hurst said.
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