Firefighter saves Labrador from tragedy

Rachel Kennedy hugs her family dog, Trooper, yesterday outside the MSPCA. Boston Fire Lt. Vincent Dimino rescued the pup Tuesday night.

It’s not too often that the staff at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center sees an animal that fell through ice into cold waters. 

“Usually, if other animals end up in the water … they pass,” said Brian Adams, a MPSCA spokesman.

But Trooper, a 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, didn’t give up.

After running free from his owner during a walk along the Charles River in Brighton about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper ended up on a piece of ice that broke away. He eventually ended up in the water about 45 feet from shore.

Despite being a black Lab in the dark water at night, someone was able to spot Trooper. Boston firefighters from Ladder 11 responded shortly after and Lt. Vincent DiMino dove in to rescue Trooper.

Trooper was expected to be released from the animal hospital yesterday after suffering from hypothermia.

“The fire department are the real heroes here. If they hadn’t brought him in to us he wouldn’t be alive,” said  Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell.


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