Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 02032015 – Arlington Firefighters Save Dog From The Frigid Waters Of The Mystic River
At about 4:35 p.m. today, the State Police Barracks in Medford received a report of a dog which had broken through the ice on the Mystic River in Arlington near the Mystic Valley Parkway and Medford Street. Information collected in the investigation by Trooper Paul Schipelliti indicates that a woman and her two daughters were walking along the Mystic River with their dog “Lucy” when the dog spotted swans in the middle of the river, broke away, and ran out onto the ice. The ice then gave way, causing Lucy to enter the frigid waters of the river and unable to get herself out.
Members of the Arlington Fire Department arrived on scene. Firefighters Chris Gibbons and Joseph Andrade donned “warm suits” and headed out onto the ice. Firefighter Gibbons made contact with the dog about 30 feet from shore and struggled to retrieve her, ultimately breaking through the ice as well. With assistance from Firefighter Andrade, the two were able to bring the dog to safety. After a checkup by Arlington EMS, the black Labrador pup was happily reunited with her owner.