Firefighters are used to doing heroic things like saving people and buildings. But Boston Firefighter Sean Cole was called upon to be a hero to a 4 legged friend when he saved 13 year-old Husky Sylvie from icy waters.
Sylvie was out for a walk with her owner when she ran across the ice and fell through. Ladder 19 was called out to rescue the husky from the cold water. Coyle donned a survival suit and climbed into a Stokes basket and slowly made his way across the ice to the scared dog.
“As I got closer, I could see the ice was encapsulating him,” Coyle told the Boston Herald. “He was frozen and real scared.”
The firefighter pulled Sylvie out — and she bolted across the ice to shore. Coyle fell in himself, but he was attached to a rope and his fellow firefighters helped him out of the frigid water.
To Coyle, it doesn’t matter if it’s a human or pet, he says he’ll do what he can to save them.
“We look at the pets like citizens,” said Coyle. “They’re loved by their owners … whether it’s in a burning building or a freezing lake, we just want to get them out safe.”
And you can see the appreciation in the eyes of Sylvie as Coyle pulled her from the water.
Source: Boston Herald
Photo: Mark Garfinkel