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Beware -- the ice on Berlin Reservoir in Deerfield is not a safe place for man or beast.
Lucy, a beagle mix, learned that lesson the hard way Thursday night when she fell into the reservoir while taking a walk along the shoreline.
David Allison, assistant chief of the Deerfield Fire Department, said the 3-year-old pup went walking along the shoreline of Berlin Reservoir near Bandy Road.
A caller reported that the dog was frantically swimming from one side of the open channel to the other side trying to get out, according to the fire department. The ice along the open water channel prevented the dog from getting out of the water.
Capt. Brian Allison, son of the assistant chief, put on a cold water rescue suit, walked out to the water's edge, entered the water and called to the dog. The dog swam toward him, met him half way, and Alison picked her up and carried her to the ice. The dog was unable to walk on the ice, so the captain picked the dog up and carried her to a fire department vehicle, and then to the fire station, to warm up. At the station, firefighters noticed that the owner's name and phone number was scratched into the back of the license. Owner Bob Webster of Bandy Road came to the station to pick up his dog.
Chief Miles Felmly praised his firefighters for keeping their water rescue skills current, noting that such rescues are dangerous whether the victim is canine or human.
"Once you fall in, you're not going to get out unless you have special tools to break through the ice," he said.
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