Last week in Wyandotte, Michigan, a labradoodle named Lucy got away from her owner and ended up jumping into the Detroit River.
In the summer, this might not have been such a big deal. But at this time of year, it was a problem because the river was freezing cold.
Luckily, neighbors spotted Lucy in the water and called 911 for help.
When first responders showed up, Lucy was on a chunk of ice, but that ice was drifting away on the river. It was a scary situation.
The first responders put on insulated wetsuits and risked their lives to get to Lucy.
It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to nudge the chunk of ice toward the riverbank and use a catchpole to grab Lucy -- and pull her to safety.
If not for the rescue mission, Lucy would have frozen to death or drowned. But while the first responders were out there, doing their best to help Lucy, they were inspired by her big brown eyes -- and the knowledge that she was a member of a family who needed saving, especially in those extreme conditions.
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