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Darien firefighters rescue dog from frozen river

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Firefighters successfully rescued a local dog who fell into a patch of thin ice on Sunday afternoon, according to Chief Richard P. Wetherstone, of Darien’s Volunteer Fire Department.

The department responded to 21 Brush Island Road, where the dog had crawled under a fence intended to keep it away from a nearby river, Wetherstone said, and had been holding on to the ice for about 20 minutes. “On arrival the dog was showing strong sign of distress and hypothermia and looked to be giving up,” he said.

The rescue personnel were able to get the dog out of the water within minutes of arrival, Wetherstone said. The dog remained calm, though that was “most likely to the effects of hypothermia,” he said.

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