Firefighters Rescue Dog From Icy River

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In December, a group of firefighters from Wellesley, Mass., became heroes when they jumped into an icy river to rescue a dog, according to the Boston Globe. The golden retriever named Crosby fell through a thin patch of ice when out for a walk with his owners. Once they heard the news, firefighters donned ice suits and swam through the freezing water to rescue the canine.

The firefighters had a difficult time bringing Crosby to shore because the heavy current was working against them. One man secured the dog by holding him by the collar. Meanwhile, firefighters on dry land tossed him a rope and attempted pulling him. When that method was unsuccessful, another person jumped in the water to help bring the duo to shore. Once safe, Crosby was dried off and returned to his owners.

According to the source, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be honoring the team with its Compassionate Fire Department Award.

“The compassion and heroism shown by the Wellesley Fire Department is an inspiration,” Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA, said in a statement. “Wellesley is very fortunate to have first responders who are ready to protect and serve both residents and their beloved animal companions.”

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