Firefighters Rescue Golden Retriever From Icy Pond

With perhaps just seconds to spare, North Hampton firefighter Will Taber barreled toward a dog who was barely clinging to thin ice last week in New Hampshire.

Three-year-old Emmett ran out onto his family’s frozen backyard pond, suddenly falling through the ice. Although homeowner Kacey Eddinger started into the pond to rescue him, she had to turn back when she realized the water was simply too cold. Eddinger and her toddler son waited anxiously for help to arrive.

The family isn’t certain exactly how long their golden retriever was in the water before they realized he’d fallen through, but by the time firefighters arrived, Emmett was exhausted and close to drowning.

In thermal ice rescue gear, firefighter Taber held a tethered line as he crossed the ice and entered the water. Once he reached Emmett, the other firefighters pulled the pair back to shore.

“The canine was exhausted and scared and minutes from going completely under water and carried by the current under the ice,” the Fire Department posted on Facebook. “The rescue was made just in time where he was then immediately warmed, carried to a police cruiser and transported to North Hampton Animal Hospital.”

Though spring has officially arrived, ice rescues have escalated due to the thin ice that remains on some bodies of water.

Photo Credit: North Hampton Professional Fire Fighters


Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Melania P
Melania Padilla9 months ago

Awww poor baby

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutka10 months ago

God bless those who care. Made my day a happy one!!! TYFP

iveta NoFwdsPls cer
iveta NoFwdsPls cer11 months ago

Poor dog :( thank you for saving his life !!!!!

Mark T
Mark T11 months ago


Jennifer H
Jennifer H11 months ago

Compassionate fire department. Thanks for the good news!

Marija M
Marija M11 months ago

Thank you Taber.

Joy T
Joy T11 months ago

God bless you, Will Taber, and the NH fire dept.!

Margie F11 months ago

Thank you Taber.

Janis K
Janis K11 months ago

Thanks for sharing.