Video of the dramatic rescue was widely shared online after motor carrier officer Cameron Bennetts was caught on bodycam.
Video shows the Bennetts arriving at the scene of the blizzard Thursday and finding a 65-year-old Traverse City man in East Bay Township who had fallen into a frozen Arbutus Lake.
Unable to cross the thin ice on his own, he enlists the help of a canine.
“Send your dog here. Will she come to me?” Bennett yells at the man, who replies that the dog’s name is Ruby.
“Ruby, come here! Come here, Ruby!” Bennetts said before the dog ran toward the officer. He then attached a bright orange rescue disc to its collar with a piece of rope and its owner. urges its recall.
The fallen man grabbed the disc and was instructed by Bennett to “kick his feet”. “Keep pulling the disc,” he shouts: “Pull, pull, pull!”
Eventually, he emerges from the icy water and is dragged across the ice on his stomach with Ruby, helped by a firefighter.
Michigan State Police said they responded to an emergency call around 11:45 a.m. after people on the beach saw the man fall through the ice, and said the man was in the water for about 16 minutes. He was later taken by ambulance to Munson Medical Center for treatment and later released.
Video of the successful rescue earned Ruby and Bennett a lot of praise online, along with a neighboring police district Tweeting: “What a good girl … creative thinking helped save a life!”
Cold, stormy weather Contiguous with has been agitated in most of the United States Winter Storm Warning Downstream of Lake Michigan. Record cold air and back-to-back storms made mid-January snow the most extensive in two decades of modern data, The Washington Post previously reported. Reportedalthough a major meltdown is predicted next week.