A New York police officer who was honored for saving an elderly woman from a burning house is now receiving praise for pulling a trapped dog out of a frozen lake.
Lewiston Police Department Officer Jon Smith – just north of Niagara Falls – was seen in body camera footage running across Bond Lake on Wednesday “after a dog fell through the ice and was trapped in water about 50 meters from the shore, ”according to his department.
“Well folks, he did it again. After receiving an award from the department for pulling a woman out of a burning house, this time he was a four-legged friend,” the police department said. by Lewiston. “Without hesitation, he removed his equipment and went after him, bringing him safely ashore and reuniting him with his owner.”
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Police later said they received a letter from the dog’s owner congratulating Smith on his actions.
“It’s a 10 month old lab and usually stays nearby… but the instinct kicked in when a flock of geese landed in the middle of the lake,” the owner wrote, noting that the animal “is fell where the ice ended and the water started.
“Although she was a good swimmer there was no way she would get back on the ice and she started to panic and tire quickly,” the owner continued, mentioning how they called 911 because that they recently had back surgery.
“It wasn’t a near shore rescue… she was far from shore. He was able to get close enough to grab Kona’s 75 lbs and get her to safety,” said the owner. “Kona and I and all who love her are extremely grateful for her selflessness and courage.”
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In October, Smith helped save an elderly woman from a burning house in Lewiston, according to WGRZ.
“I tried to get into the house through the front door, which I couldn’t do. So I came over, and by then she had come into the living room, and we had was able to open a window, and we were able to pull her out the window safely, “Smith told the station.