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Pittsfield Firefighters Save Dog That Fell Through Ice
03:21PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield firefighters on Wednesday rescued a dog that fell through the ice on a pond off Gale Avenue.
 
Craig Eggleston and Jeremy Ostrander donned ice water rescue suits to successfully retrieve the dog. A video posted by Police Officer Darren Derby show them crawling out onto the small pond that had large patches of water.
 
The small dog's head was above the water and his front paws on the ice, trying to climb up. One of the firefighters was able to pick up the dog, bring it to shore and hand the pup off to his owners. 
 
The call came in about 8:15 a.m. to the Police Department of a dog stuck in the pond near 538 Gale Ave.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner later on Wednesday said Engine Co. 1 was dispatched around 8:30 to the wooded area at the end of Gale Avenue where a medium-size pointer/terrier-type dog had fallen through the ice of a marshy pond.
 
"It was chasing water fowl when it became trapped," he said.
 
He said police at the scene had led the firefighters to the area where they suited up and quickly rescued the dog.
 
"Our crews donned ice rescue suits and once on the ice it took about two minutes to get the animal to shore," he said.
 
The animal had been in the water at least 20 minutes.
 
"Firefighters successfully retrieved the dog from the icy water and returned him to his much relieved owners," stated a Facebook post by Pittsfield Fire Department I.A.F.F 2647
 
The Fire Department report states the dog "is expected to make a full recovery" and Garner added that the dog was "doing well."
 
Editor's note: Comments by Deputy Chief Garner added to story, day changed to the correct one.
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