Illinois Teen Jumps Into River to Save dog

 |  Aug 30th 2006  |   1 Contribution


What a great young man! This article ran in the Naperville (illinois) Sun.

Teen jumps into river to rescue family dog
By Bill Bird
staff writer

Man is dog's best friend.

A Naperville teenager is living proof of that play on words, after having jumped into the murky DuPage River to rescue one of his family's two pet dogs.


Neither the 17-year-old boy nor the dog was injured in the incident. It began unfolding at 7:47 p.m. Thursday in Pioneer Park, at 1212 S. Washington St. on the city's near southeast side.

The youth and other members of his family had gone to the park with their two dogs, Naperville police Lt. Dave Hoffman said. One of the dogs either jumped or fell into the river and then apparently had trouble climbing back onto shore.

Police reports indicated the teen jumped into the river to help the dog "and then floated downstream and out of (the) sight" of his father as twilight was falling, Hoffman said. The father then called police.

City and Naperville Park District police responded to the area. The river is only a few feet deep in most areas of Naperville, but family members were concerned the youth and dog might be floating downstream toward the river's intersection with Hobson Road or 75th Street.

The teen and dog instead floated or swam only a short distance from where they had entered the water, Hoffman said. They were spotted by a Park District police officer, whose assistance turned out not to be needed.

Hoffman said the youth "pretty much got out of the river on his own power."

"And the dog is OK, too," he said.

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