A police officer’s daring rescue of a dog that fell through ice during severe weather was caught on body camera video and is going viral on social media.
The rescue happened around 2 a.m. Monday in Ogden, a town just outside of Rochester. According to a post on the police department’s Facebook page, a sergeant responded to the Erie Canal for a report of a dog that had fallen through ice.
When the officer, identified as Sgt. Travis Gray, got to the scene he found the dog in the water, whimpering and groaning.
Sgt. Gray’s body camera captured video of him moving across the ice with a flashlight and a stick to make his way to the dog. Gray was eventually able to get close enough to lift the dog out of the water and get him to safety.
The police department and hundreds of people on Facebook are commending the officer for putting himself at risk to save the dog.
Police say the dog was exhausted and hypothermic but did recover. A local fire department and EMS crew helped warm the dog up after he was rescued. Officers eventually located the dog’s owners and reunited them.
Strong winds swept through upstate New York Sunday night into Monday morning, leaving thousands without power.