Photos by Eric Haak
Shortly before 0900 on Saturday, November 30, Chicago firefighters responded to a call for a reported person in the water at Humboldt Park Lagoon. Squad 2, returning from another incident, confirmed that the person was actually a dog which had chased a flock of geese and found itself trapped. (See photos below)
The dog was about 25 feet from shore in approximately five feet of water. Squad 2 had members suited up as they arrived and proceeded to make the rescue. As Squad 2’s member got ready to lasso the dog with a life preserver, the dog began swimming toward the rescuer. It was at this point Squad 2’s rescuer abandoned the life preserver plan and grabbed the dog by the collar.
Once out, the dog made a quick run to its owner. The owner and pup were taken home by a Chicago Police Department officer.
Battalion 12, Engine 57 and Truck 36 were also on the scene.