A Porter County
Sheriff’s Police officer saved a dog from drowning a week ago in a pond in
Liberty Township, after the pet had broken through thin ice.
occurred at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the pond belonging to the Spencers,
off C.R. 1050N just west of Meridian Road, PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the
Chesterton Tribune today.
The dog--a large,
heavy one--plunged through the ice and the Spencers, unable to get to him,
Cpl. Jason Praschak
arrived at the scene at the same time as an animal control officer but,
rather than wait for firefighters, went in after the dog himself, after
removing his gun belt, LaFlower said. Praschak succeeded in reaching the dog
and carrying him safely to dry land.
He did come out
“soaked head to toe,” though, and just this side of freezing, LaFlower said.
“We were so happy
and amazed with 911, the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, and Cpl. Jason
Praschak for his quick response and his heroic actions to jump in, break the
ice, and pull our 90-pound dog out and save his life,” Arelene Spencer said
in an e-mail to the Tribune.