CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police’s Underwater Recovery Team was called into action on Tuesday after callers reported two dogs in distress after crashing through the ice.
Troy Bullard, a Troooper on the Underwater Recovery Team, said he rushed to Clarence just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday with his team, locating the two dogs that fell through ice on a pond.
Bullard’s fellow team member Brandon Serio held a safety rope to Bullard as he entered the water in a dry suit. Bullard was able to get one dog to shore before going back and finding the other under the ice.
The first dog survived and was returned to its owners, but the second dog died from its injuries.
Bullard said, “Everybody is attracted to water. Kids, animals and people, and you just have to keep an eye on them.”
The call is a familiar one to Bullard, he said he knew exactly what to do, donning his neoprene dry outfit and plunging into the icy water.
He said, “I immediately changed, got in the dry suit, hopped in the water, held onto the rope and broke the ice as I went. I retrieved the one dog, they pulled me back in, tried to get the other dog which was under the ice.”
Bullard said the water was cold, but his adrenaline kept him warm. He said, In this situation, the Clarence family did the right thing.
Bullard said, “In any rescue situation, whether it be a person or an animal, first you want to reach something to them, throw a rope. Then you would go to them in a boat if you could row there. And the last thing you would want to do, is actually get in the water without training or equipment.”