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PCSP officer saves dog from drowning

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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.

The incident 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, called 911.

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.


Posted 4/1/2014