Firefighters rescued a dog after he fell into the water through the ice in Duxbury, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.
Duxbury firefighters used ice rescue suits to save the dog named Kenny, who spent nearly a half hour treading freezing water.
Mame Wilson and her two daughters were walking on a trail behind the high school when their 4-year-old Golden Retriever fell through the ice.
"Rynn, my daughter kept saying,'this is so heartbreaking, this is the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever seen,'" recalled Wilson.
Wilson said the family normally doesn't go out on the trail in the winter because Kenny likes to swim. When he fell through the ice, she wasn't so much worried about his swimming capabilities, she was worried about the water temperatures.
"I knew the fire department would be on their way shortly and he's a very strong swimmer," said Wilson. "I was just worried about him getting cold. When he kept trying to get out, I was worried he would tire out."
When help arrived, Duxbury Firefighter Matt Bryer suited up and got into the icy water and headed towards Kenny.
"I went right in, belly crawled in, I got to thin ice and fell through probably about 20 feet until I got to the dog until I was able to stand up and walk to him, grab him and put him back up on the ice," recalled Bryer. "Then he went back to shore."
It was all in a days work for firefighters. Fire officials said the incident is a reminder for residents to stay off the ice as spring-like temperatures move in across the region.
"It didn’t really sink in util they got there and then it became a little more emotional once he came out," said Wilson.