Rescuer helps Lab to shore
Tor Larson couldn’t wait to get home to warm up and tend to his cut up, bloodied arms.
His 3-year-old yellow Lab, Lomis, however, acted as if nothing had happened minutes after he was rescued after falling through the ice Wednesday afternoon at West Lake Park.
“I thought he was done,” Larson said while looking down at Lomis, who still wanted to play fetch with a piece of wood.
Lomis went to fetch the stick and broke through the ice in the middle of the pond and was thrashing around for about 20 minutes before being rescued by a Grand Junction Fire Department firefighter dressed in an ice-rescue suit.
Larson said he attempted to lie on the ice to get to his dog, but he broke through and fell into water up to his chest. Larson then retreated to the bank.
Firefighter Brandi Manuppella broke a trail through the ice so that the dog could swim with its head above water and follow her back to shore, said Duncan Brown, battalion captain for the Grand Junction Fire Department.
“By the time we got to the dog he was very exhausted,” Brown said.
Water temperature under ice can be about 33 degrees, and although ice can look thick this time of year, it may not be thick enough to hold up a person or an animal, he said.
“It’s going to get very cold, very fast, and you could become a victim, too,” Brown said about trying to save others or animals that have broken through ice.