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  • Illinois man saves dog who fell into icy lake

  • Robert Jordan jumped into the chilly waters of Lake Storey on Thursday around 3 p.m. after his dog Ollie fell through the ice. He said Ollie had been chasing geese and fell into the cold water about 25 yards from shore.

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  • Robert Jordan jumped into the chilly waters of Lake Storey on Thursday around 3 p.m. after his dog Ollie fell through the ice. He said Ollie had been chasing geese and fell into the cold water about 25 yards from shore.
    Jordan figured if he called his dog's name that Ollie could swim his way to shore. But Ollie, a golden retriever mix, began to bobble up and down in the water, and Jordan knew if something didn’t happen fast, Ollie wasn’t going to make it.
    “He was either going to go or I was going to save him. I wasn’t going to wait for these guys (firefighters),” Jordan said. “His paws were flailing to get out.”
    He got on his hands and knees and began to creep toward Ollie, searching for the path with the thickest ice. He only gained a few yards before it started to crack. He partially fell in headfirst.
    After catching his balance, Jordan switched to a new direction and made his way to the pooch. With one swift tug he pulled him from the water.
    Jordan and his wife wrapped a towel around Ollie, and it didn’t take long for the dog to warm up. Within minutes, he was walking around and wagging his tail.
    Fremont Fire Station Capt. Michael McDorman praised Jordan’s actions, saying he has only heard of a couple of ice rescues in his 19 years of service. Not a single call involved a man saving his dog.
    “It’s pretty commendable what he was going to do to save his dog,” McDorman said.
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