Looks like we already have a strong candidate for hero of the year award in 2022.
Winter is in full force, and when it comes to upstate New York, that means zero degree temperatures, boatloads of snow, and frozen over ponds.
One sweet lab retriever, a 10-month-old named Kona, was playing on top of a frozen pond in Lewiston at Bond Lake Park, when the ice broke and she fell in.
According to WYRK, Officer Jon Smith of Lewiston was out on patrol when he noticed the dog step out onto the ice and fall through.
Although the dog was about 50 yards offshore, Smith, without hesitation, ran out onto the ice pulling Kona out of the frigid water and taking her to safety.
Kona was in the freezing water a good 10-15 minutes, and probably would not have made it much longer if it weren’t for the heroic acts of Officer Smith.
Pretty impressive that the officer did this without any hesitation, as his life was in just as much at risk as the dog’s was.
The owners of Kona sent a long letter of gratitude to the Lewiston Police Department.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first heroic act Officer Smith has followed through on. He recently won an award for saving a woman in a burning building.
Much respect, good sir.
Well folks he’s done it again. After just receiving a department award for pulling a woman from a burning house,￼ this time it was a 4-legged friend. Officer Smith arrived at Bonds Lake after a dog had fallen through the ice and was trapped in the water about 50 yards from shore. Without hesitation he removed his equipment and went in after him, bringing him safely back to land and reuniting him with his owner. By the way we gave him a 6 out of 10 on the landing in the beginning, but a 10 out of 10 for the rescue.