ONTARIO, Canada - a brave Ontario police officer who jumped into a creek to save a drowning black labrador retriever, on the morning of February 22, 2016, is expected to recover from the ordeal.
Around 9 a.m. a call came in that the dog had fallen through the ice and was frantically paddling to stay afloat. After arriving on the scene, the heroic officer is currently in the hospital receiving treatment, after wading almost 40-50 feet into nearly freezing water to retrieve the dog.
The officer initially thought he might be able to walk out to the distressed animal, but the ice at the shore was too thin. “I thought it might hold me and then I could hear the ice, almost like in a movie, I could hear it,” Daynes said from a Leamington hospital bed. “And just as I was registering the noise, I was gone. I went under.”
“At that point I had to make a decision whether I was going to turn around and the dog was going to drown. I wasn’t comfortable with that.”
He walked out a bit and then tried to get back on to the ice, to no avail. He crashed back in, this time completely submerged underwater.
He was immediately given first aid, as we was showing signs of hypothermia, so the paramedics escorted the officer to the hospital.
Both the heroic officer and the dog he saved are being treated and are recovering well!
You can watch video news coverage of the ordeal, as well as an interview with our hero here.