Ellen Rewards Firefighters Who Pulled Dog Out Of Icy River With A Cari

Firefighters do more than just put out fires – they also jump into frozen rivers to rescue dogs. And when Ellen DeGeneres heard about a team of Wellesley Fire Department heroes who did just that, she gave them each a trip to the Caribbean, where the water is much warmer.


Wellesley Fire Capt. Jim Dennehy, Lt. Paul Delaney, Dave Papazian, and Joan Cullinan helped pull Golden Retriever, Crosby, from the icy Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts on December 22, 2013. Crosby had been chasing a squirrel across the thin ice when he fell in. Ellen, who is a passionate animal lover, wanted to show her thanks by giving each of the firefighters a well-earn vacation on a Caribbean cruise, as well as a monogrammed bedazzled orange life vest (even Crosby got one). Chances all, they’ll all be thawing out after their frigid swim soon enough.


There’s no word if the squirrel made it out okay.


Watch the Ellen video below – it also features a clip of the firefighters pulling the dog to safety.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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