Firefighters are a dog's best friend in icy water rescue in South Jersey

Ian Bush
January 21, 2019 - 8:47 pm
Firefighters pulled off a daring rescue Monday afternoon in the frigid Cooper River in Camden County. The victim is lucky to be back on her feet, or should we say, paws.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Firefighters pulled off a daring rescue Monday afternoon in the frigid Cooper River in Camden County. The victim is lucky to be back on her feet, or should we say, paws. 

"He was sitting out here on the ledge," said Alicia Jonocha, who was at the river with Dan Wager. 

"We tried calling him in. Next thing you know, he just jumps in. Our first instinct was 911. We can't let that dog freeze," she said. 

The pup was lucky Jonocha and Wager were there, because the golden retriever soon plunged through the ice into river.

They told CBS3 the Collingswood Fire Department braved the conditions.

"They're absolute heroes. All that for a dog. That was absolutely incredible," said Wager. 

Wearing buoyant, insulated suits, the firefighters axed their way through the ice and carried the six-year-old dog to dry land. Police wrapped her in blankets, with an officer cradling her in the passenger seat of their SUV, which raced off to the emergency room at NorthStar Vets in Maple Shade.

Workers there told KYW Newsradio the dog is doing well in treatment and her family is "extremely grateful" to the first responders.