FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012, 6:58 PM
When Bart the coonhound fell through fragile ice into the frigid waters of Michigan’s Huron River, Good Samaritan Lance Eicher waded in to pull the freezing dog to safety — heroically risking his own life.
Forced to choose between staying warm and watching a dog freeze in the icy waters of Michigan’s Huron River, Lance Eicher decided to play the hero.
Even when the good samaritan fell through the ice himself, his primary concern was keeping the dog warm.
“I just wasn’t thinking,” Eicher told WDIV. “I just wanted to try to rescue the friend of the family.”
Bart, an 11-year-old coonhound, wandered onto the frozen river near the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Rockwood, Michigan. By the time his owner, Jim Swayze, found him, the dog had fallen through. His front paws were clinging onto the fragile ice, but the bottom half of his body was submerged in water.
He called 911. But Eicher, Swayze’s cousin, arrived at the scene before the rescue crews. Eicher had his waders on, so he stepped onto the ice. Before he could reach Bart, the ice broke and Eicher was standing three and a half feet deep in frigid water.
When Eicher reached the dog, he held him close and tried to keep him warm.
“I was talking to [Bart],” Eicher said. “…I was trying to rub him and get some blood flowing through his body.”
In a dramatic rescue, both Bart and Eicher were hauled to safety by a rescue crew. …
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