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‘Sad, Sad Thing’: 93-Year-Old Man Dies Trying to Rescue Dog From Icy Pond

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Vermont State Police

State police say a 93-year-old man is dead after trying to rescue his dog from an icy Vermont pond.

Police say that early Saturday afternoon, William R. Graf was walking with his Jack Russell terrier near Lefferts Pond in Chittenden when the dog ran onto the ice and became stuck in the water.

State police Detective David Pfindel says Graf was laying prone on the ice trying to reach his dog between 50 and 75 feet from shore when his head, torso and shoulders fell into the water. The dog also died.

Pfindel calls the situation a "sad, sad thing."

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