Bodycam footage released by the Chicago Police Department shows the dramatic rescue of a man who fell into freezing Lake Michigan. To save him in the icy conditions, five officers formed a “human chain” by grabbing onto each other’s belts to get him out.
The 33-year-old man - who wishes to remain anonymous - got into the water to save his dog, who had fallen in. The man was able to get his dog out, a 19-pound American Eskimo mix puppy named Pika - but climbing out of the ice-covered shore was impossible because he was numb, officials say. The officers crawled on their knees over the ice ridge while frigid waves splashed them, but with the help of a dog leash, they were finally able to get the man out safely. Both the man and his pup have been treated and released and are said to be in good condition after their frozen adventure.
In a statement, the rescued man expresses his gratitude to the CPD officers who saved him. “I have no doubt that I would have died without help,” he says. “Pika and I are both fully recovered and in debt to our gracious and heroic first responders.”
Source: ABC Chicago