Training helps firefighters rescue dog from thin ice - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Training helps firefighters rescue dog from thin ice in Waterford


Waterford firefighters credited their rigorous training with helping them save a dog stranded on thin ice.

On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters from Waterford Fire Engine Co. 1 were called to Alewife Cove on Eastneck Road, where a dog fell through the ice.

Robert Swanson, a 30-year veteran, and Jake Regan along with help from the Waterford Police Department commandeered a boat. They said they didn't want to lose any time because the animal was slipping into the icy water. 

"Once we were out of the truck we were already dressed and ready to go," Swanson said. "(We went) immediately in the water."

The aluminum boat used in the rescue was owned by an Eastneck Road resident, so the firefighters could have a stable platform to make the rescue.

"That was kind of a routine rescue for us, but there is always danger involved," Swanson said.

"It was tough going because we were actually up to our knees in mud pretty much the whole way," Regan said.

The dog was about 100 feet out on very thin ice, only about an inch thick, firefighters said. 

"The dog was great actually. He didn't fight us at all. Kind of went with the flow" Swanson said. "We got him into the boat. He took the ride in. He actually didn't want to get out of the boat. We lifted him out. Once he hit land, he was good to go."

The dog was turned over to New London Animal Control and has since been reunited with its master.

On Thursday, firefighters offered a warning to all Connecticut residents, "stay off the ice." They said after a thaw like we've had, it's dangerous.

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