When situations happen and a hero is called for, we never know if we are the type of person jumping into the action or calling for help. Only a dire event can bring out the heroes in us!
Don Chatten was walking with his two dogs at Ellicott Creek Dog Park when one of his dogs stopped just below the bridge, looking weird and refusing to move. Don Chatten decided to follow along. Not long after, he heard a faint whimper coming from the creek.
Chatten was aware that a missing dog was in the area, so he went to see if he could find him there. Certainly, he found a dog, stranded by freezing water on all sides. Don Chatten shouted to park visitors to call 911, but again he knew that by the time help arrived the little pooch would not make it. So he had to act as quickly as possible!
Chatten decided without delay to come in and save the dog himself. He broke the ice with his forearm and went to the waist into the icy waters on a rescue mission. Then he managed to keep the dog close to his chest and crawl back to shore as quickly as possible.
The dog, named Jackson, was a mixed breed Terrier. As soon as they got out of the icy water, the dog was taken to the vet to check if everything was okay. Vets claimed that Jackson was with them there alive and well because of Don’s heroic behavior and his quick and smart thinking.
As to being called a “hero” and putting his own safety at risk, Chatten downplays it saying he is an animal lover who just wanted to do the right thing.
Chatten is an incredibly brave man who risked his own health to save a little dog from the icy water.
The dog’s owner was really happy and excited to reunite with his little fur baby.
If you want to learn more about Chattten’s incredible rescue, watch the video below.
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