Mounties to the Rescue
Fraser Lake, B.C.- It was an unusual call for the RCMP, a dog was in distress in Fraser Lake.
Josie, a 6 month old Bernese Mountain Dog had fallen through the ice on a local pond. No one else was able to help the man looking after Josie, and he didn’t know who else to call, so he called the Fraser Lake detachment.
Officers responded, and learned Josie had been in the water for nearly an hour, and she wasn’t doing well.
When I arrived on scene, I could hear the dog whining for help and knew we didn’t have much time to react, but the biggest obstacle was; I had no idea how deep the water was” says Fraser Lake Detachment Commander, Sgt. Jason Slater.
We could see the dog struggling and knew it would not be long before she would perish from exhaustion and exposure to the elements”.
Constable Ray Dickenson was already on scene, and had rounded up a paddle boat and personal floatation device.
A rope was tied to the paddle boat, and Cst. Diskenson used a large ice pick to move the paddle boat across the ice to Josie.
( at right, Cst Dickenson pulls Josie from the icy water – photos courtesy Fraser Lake RCMP)
” His timing was impeccable” says Sgt Slater, “it appeared as soon as Ray reached the dog, she didn’t have any more fight left in her.”
Constable Dickenson pulled Josie on to the paddle boat and Sgt. Slater pulled them back to shore.
For Sergeant Slater, it’s a moment he won’t soon forget “It seems like we as police offers deal with a lot of bad stuff so to have one of those feel good moments unfold in front of you, it’s just like winning the Grey Cup with the winning field goal in the last few seconds of the game.”
(at right, Josie makes it back to land)
The rescue was just as rewarding for Constable Dickenson
The majority of individuals who become police officers will tell you that they became an officer so they can help people. Today was one of those days I will look back on and be able to cherish the memory of our success.