Once on the scene of a nearby accident along the Chicago lakefront, Chicago police officer Juan Farris noticed the white and black pit bull-type dog running up and down the pedestrian path immediately alongside the lake early in the morning on June 13.
The dog was running back and forth, hoping people would pet him. Thirsty, the pooch bent over the retaining wall for a drink, but fell into Lake Michigan and couldn’t climb out.
The dog might have been able to swim south to a beach to swim out, but what if he swam north? Farris didn’t wait, he simply grabbed the dog and quickly pulled him from the water.
Farris told DNAInfo, “It feels great. I never thought I’d be coming to work today and saving a dog’s life.”
The dog, who escaped the situation unhurt, was picked up by Chicago Animal Care & Control, but since no owner has been identified, Farris said he may adopt the dog.
“I’ve always wanted a dog, so we’ll see how it goes,” he added. He said he might have to clear it with his Uptown high-rise, however. I would only hope the management at the high-rise might celebrate the police officer’s heroism.