DENVILLE, NJ - Police credit donated ice rescue equipment with the successful rescue Thursday of two people and a dog from Cedar Lake.
The ice rescue suits were donated by nearby lake community groups and other Denville civic organizations, police said. Without the equipment, and the "heroic actions of the first responders on the scene," Thursday's incident "would not have been possible police said."
They said they were first alerted to the emergency at 4:39 p.m. through a 9-1-1 call that said two people had fallen through the ice at the north end of Cedar Lake East. "On arrival, it was learned that the couple's dog had ventured onto the ice and fallen through, which prompted them to also enter onto the ice in an attempt to retrieve their dog," police said in a statement.
Denville police officers and members of the Denville Fire and First Aid Squad, using the ice rescue suits, entered the icy water and successfully retrieved the people as well as the dog, police said. "After everyone was extracted from the water and pullled to safety, ,Denville First Aid Squad conducted an assessment of each person (civilians and first responders) that had been involved in the rescue," police said. "In the end, only one of the original residents that had fallen through the ice was transported to the hospital for evaluation."
The dog was taken by Denville Animal Control to a local animal hospital for evaluation, police said.