Off-duty Mich. FF brothers rescue man who fell through ice
Dundee Township firefighters Paul and Benjamin Motylinski and their two other brothers Patrick and Philip pulled the man, 81, from the water
Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News
MONROE COUNTY, Mich. — An 81-year-old man was rescued Sunday after falling through the ice on a pond in Monroe County, thanks to a local fire department employee who happened to be driving nearby and took action, county officials said.
Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said a passerby noticed the elderly man in the pond at about 2:03 p.m. in Raisinville Township with only his head and shoulders above water and in "distress," struggling to stay afloat.
Authorities said Paul Motylinski, a member of the Dundee Township Fire Department, happened to be driving by North Custer Road, near Baldwin Road, when he observed a man who had fallen through the ice.
Motylinski then called his brothers who live nearby to help him in the rescue. They used a boat and a line to pull the man from the water.
"The heroic actions of the rescuers are credited with ensuring a positive outcome to a life threatening situation," Goodnough said in a release.
The unidentified man was transported by Monroe Community Ambulance to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery.
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