Just before dawn Tuesday morning in Orange County, Virginia, deputies received a harrowing call. Around 50 feet off the shore of a frigid pond, a dog was trapped in ice and slowly freezing. The water was up to his chest. After a deputy assessed the situation and turned back to get assistance, the pup started barking for help.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office described the rescue on their Facebook page:
A ladder was extended onto the ice and Firefighter Aaron Lovell donned an ice rescue suit. Lovell crawled onto the ice and pushed the ladder toward the dog. When the ladder tip reached the hole, Lovell crawled out the ladder toward the dog. As he neared the end of the ladder, the ice cracked and Lovell fell into the water. Fortunately, the water was very shallow and Lovell was able to grab the dog. Lovell helped the dog onto the ladder and firefighter Jeff Leibold and Deputies Broyles and Cutone, pulled Aaron and the dog to shore.
Although the yellow Lab was "soaking wet and violently shivering" after the incident, KUTV reports he's expected to fully recover after receiving emergency treatment.