Lucky dog: Rescuers pull black Labrador Retriever from icy river in Deerfield

  • Turners Falls Fire Capt. Kyle Cogswell rescues a black Labrador Retriever named Buddy from the icy Connecticut River in Deerfield on Sunday. Courtesy photo/Deerfield Police Department

  • Turners Falls Fire Capt. Kyle Cogswell rescues a dog named Buddy from the Connecticut River in Deerfield. Contributed photo/Deerfield Police Department

Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2020 11:55:13 PM

DEERFIELD — Maybe dogs have nine lives, too.

A black Labrador retriever named Buddy was reunited with his owners Sunday morning after being rescued from the icy Connecticut River by members of the Deerfield and Turners Falls fire departments and the Deerfield Police Department.

Turners Falls Fire Chief John Zellmann said the Shelburne Control dispatch center called his station at 10:12 a.m. to report being notified by Deerfield Fire that a dog had fallen through ice near McClelland Farm Road.

He said his crew responded to the scene with a truck equipped with rescue gear. His firefighters donned cold-weather rescue suits and Capt. Kyle Cogswell extracted Buddy from the water, with the assistance of crew members ashore. Zellmann said the hole in the ice was approximately 20 to 25 feet from shore.

Towels and blankets were used to dry off Buddy, who then warmed up in the comfort of a Deerfield Police cruiser. Zellmann commended all rescuers involved.

“We consider a dog a key member of the family,” the chief said. “Our pets are family members.”

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