Firefighters make their way across semi-frozen pond to rescue large black Lab who’d fallen through the ice in Emmett Twp. Mussey firefighters were called to assist because they have a rescue boat, Emmett does not.
December 10, 2008
EMMETT TWP. — A semi-frozen pond and a 125 pound black Lab made for a dicey scene as firefighters struggled to rescue the stranded dog from the icy waters on Dunnigan Road last Tuesday.
Emmett Twp. firefighters Aaron Piper—also a medic, Matt Machowski and trainee Steve Rziemkowski didn't give up on the rescue, though they were challenged at every turn.
The stranded dog was discovered by a meter reader as it struggled to get out of the pond, Piper says. The large dog had fallen through thin ice around the middle of the pond, and its owners weren't home at the time.
"He'd been out there a while when we got there," Piper says. "His paws and head were above the water on the ice, and he was still trying to get out."