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Easton officer rescues man and a dog who fell through ice

December 19, 2020 GMT

EASTON, Conn. (AP) — An Easton police officer is being credited with rescuing a man and his dog who both wound up falling through the ice at a local pond.

Easton Police Chief Richard Doye said Officer Anthony Telesco, 32, a two-year veteran on the force, was on routine patrol Friday night when he was flagged down by a man who said his dog had fallen through the ice at Keller Pond.

Telesco, who called the Easton Fire Department to perform an ice rescue, wound up having to enter the frigid water himself after the dog’s owner climbed onto the ice and attempted to rescue the animal himself before the fire department arrived. The man had fallen through the ice, onto his dog.

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Doye, who posted a written statement Saturday on the department’s Facebook page, said Telesco was in water up to his chest and experienced “minor distress” as he was existing the water. The officer was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for cold-water exposure and later released in good condition.

The dog’s owner, whose name was not released, was treated at the scene and reunited with his pet, which is doing fine, the chief said.

Doyle said he and Easton Fire Chief Steve Waugh urge people not to walk or crawl on ice-covered bodies of water to rescue a person or an animal. They noted the fire department has firefighters with specialized gear who are trained in ice rescues.