Man stuck in frozen lake after trying to save a dog, then police appear for a miraculous rescue
Chicago Police Department shared a video on YouTube showing some officers getting a man out of the nearly-frozen Lake Michigan.
The man in the clip, who requested his identity to remain anonymous, was walking his nine-month-old American Eskimo mix at Lincoln Park on January 27. Unfortunately, the puppy ran to the freezing water and “disappeared.”
Pika, the dog, had little-to-no chances of surviving such low temperatures, so the man jumped in the water and got it out. However, he got stuck.
Chicago Police rescued a man on Sunday who jumped into Lake Michigan to save his 19-lb dog, Pika. Both the man and the dog are doing well. See body camera footage of the rescue by following the link below #ChicagoPolice #CPD https://t.co/W5saE9B5nT pic.twitter.com/Z4RCFgxv3V— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 28, 2019
Some bystanders noticed the incident and quickly called 911. Soon later, emergency responders and Chicago Police agents arrived and, thanks to the body camera one of them had, the entire rescue was captured on camera.
What an amazing dog owner, is the guy ok? I’m worried he could have suffered from frostbite or something.— Diamond_Dust (@Diamond_Dust6) January 31, 2019
First, the man grabbed a dog leash belonging to a bystander that the agent threw at the water. Then, he pulled the man out of the lake, who was clearly exhausted and in pain for being in freezing temperatures for a long time.
Who needs made-up Superheroes? The real ones live right down the street.— Nancy (@LogicalNancy) January 31, 2019
After a minute, when the man was able to walk again, the officers escorted him to a vehicle, where Pika was waiting for him. At the moment, both the man and the dog are in good condition.
I hope this man knows he will be cherished & so loved for years to come from his pup. Seeing these stories always causes me nearly heart attack but knowing there’s still good humans out there, puts me at ease. Pls follow up with a pic of them together when they’re safe & warm ❤️— Alexis Miller (@Alex_Mill13) January 31, 2019
THE MAN’S STATEMENT
Soon after the incident, the man released a statement thanking the officers for rescuing him, admitting he would be forever grateful to them.
Omg I'm so glad they were o.k. Thanks to Chicago's finest. It's cold here y'all no joke. This is why I'm inside baking.🙋— Ontaria Cole 🍲🇺🇸🇨🇺 (@OntariaCole) January 31, 2019
“The first responders treated me and my dog in the ambulance and the emergency room. They allowed Pika to stay with me under the warming blanket in the ER. My core body temperature had dropped 93 degrees,” admitted the man.
A mystery person paid the bill for at least 70 homeless people to stay in a hotel for the rest of the week in Chicago. This gives me so much hope in humanity after so many negative stories recently ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/fVTZC06ZR0— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) January 31, 2019
THE GOOD DEED OF AN UNKNOWN MAN
Speaking of cold temperatures, a group of homeless people in Chicago was living in a sort of encampment on the streets. Some people donated around 150 and 200 propane tanks to keep the homeless people warm.
During extreme cold weather, we understand that people want to help our homeless population. However, we ask that under no circumstance should you donate propane tanks which are potential fire hazards. Propane tanks can cause potential fires and explosions.— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) January 30, 2019
Unfortunately, one of the cylinders exploded at the encampment as it was too close to a space heater. Even though nobody was hurt, the Chicago Fire Department confiscated the tanks and authorities made the people evacuate.
Charity beautifully done. Charity done anonymously, is purely good. It's respectful toward those in need. The needy do deserve dignity, so by omitting elements of exploitation & patronization, one person's low point will not be used to feed another person's high point & ego.— Khalani (@Paermian90) February 1, 2019
Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev revealed that the officials informed them about the evacuation, so the organization was about to move the people to warming centers.
However, before they could start the process, a “Good Samaritan,” as people are referring to the unknown person, paid for rooms for 70 homeless people from that group.