CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A man is thanking Chicago Police and first-responders for their rescue of him after he attempted to pull his dog from icy Lake Michigan over the weekend.
The Chicago Police Department on Monday posted bodycam video of the man’s rescue, blurring his face to preserve his anonymity. It shows officers pulling a 32-year-old man from the ice-encrusted lakefront near Foster Avenue and quickly moving him into a warm police vehicle, where he’s reunited with his pet.
The rescued man explained in a thank-you letter to police that he took his 9-month-old American Eskimo mix, Pika, to the beachfront area for the first time on Sunday.
“He was very excited and got away from me, ran down to the beach, and then to the edge of the large ice ridges that form during cold winters. I saw him disappear over the ridge,” the man told police.
He said he saw his 19-pound dog paddling in the freezing water and figured the animal wouldn’t last long.
“I have no doubt that I would have died without help, I am forever grateful to them,” the man told his rescuers.
He urged dog owners to stay away from the lake during this intense period of winter.