New York Police Officer Rescues Dog from Icy Waters of Partially Frozen Lake
A 10-month-old Labrador retriever named Kona ran onto an icy Bond Lake — just north of Niagara Falls — after a flock of geese landed nearby and startled her, according to her owner. Kona then fell into the water where the ice shelf ended.
“Although she is a strong swimmer, there was zero chance of her getting back out onto the ice and she began to panic and tire quickly,” according to the owner, who then called 911.
Officer Jonathan Smith quickly sprung into action, racing to help the struggling dog.
“Officer Smith arrived at Bonds Lake after a dog had fallen through the ice and was trapped in the water about 50 yards from shore,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “Without hesitation he removed his equipment and went in after him, bringing him safely back to land and reuniting him with his owner.”
Body-camera video footage that was released by the Lewiston Police Department shows Smith carefully walking over the ice to make his way to Kona. He then gets on his hands and knees and pulls Kona out of the water.
“Kona and I and everybody that loves her are extremely grateful for his selflessness and courage. You should be proud to have Officer Jon Smith as a member of the Lewiston Police Department,” the owner wrote in an email to police after the ordeal was over. “His professionalism and bravery should be applauded. I have witnessed countless acts of selfless heroism, Officer Jon Smith’s actions rank high in my book.”
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