Firefighter bit while helping save dog, man from icy pond in EG

South County

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews in East Greenwich saved a man who went into an icy pond to try and rescue his dog Sunday morning.

The incident happened in the water near Brisas Circle just before 11:30 a.m.

Fire officials say the man and the dog were about 100 feet from land when crews arrived.

Firefighters were able to rescue the man from the water after throwing a rope out and pulling him back in.

As crews were attempting to save the dog, fire officials said it bit a firefighter. The dog was able to safely make it out of the water on its own.

The firefighter suffered a facial injury that will require plastic surgery, according to a tweet sent out by the local firefighter’s union. He’s now recovering after being treated at Rhode Island Hospital.

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