Firefighters Rescue Dog From Cliff Overlooking Hudson River

Nyack volunteers climb down cliff to reach pet that fell off trail.

NYACK, NY -- A pet dog that fell off a cliff overlooking the Hudson River was rescued Sunday night by specially-trained Nyack, N.Y. volunteer firefighters who climbed down a mountainside to reach the pooch.

The dog, Zoe, became trapped when it slipped over the edge of a trail just north of Hook Mountain in Rockland Lake State Park. The dog's owners, a couple from Upper Nyack, were on a trail that goes from Rockland Lake to Haverstraw at around 6 p.m. when the dog went over the edge and fell about 20 feet.

The dog was not injured in the fall, but was trapped and barking.

The Nyack Fire Department's High Angle Rescue Team was called to the mountainside, where the volunteer firefighters train for rescues — although their efforts usually involve helping hikers who are caught on precarious ledges.

Firefighters said they decided to rescue the dog out of concern that the dog's owners might try to get at the dog themselves, potentially making the situation worse.

Nyack firefighter Jeff Scotto of Nyack was lowered over the edge, supported by a team of 10 other Nyack firefighters, and was able to safely reach the dog and bring it to safety.

The rescue operation was completed by about 7:30 p.m.

emetib June 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Instead of criticizing our brave VOLUNTEERS, why don't you get off your butt and join?
Chris June 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Was this dog on a leash when it fell? People need to have better control over their pets or don't take them near cliffs.
John Taggart June 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I agree with you, this was good practice. And immagin the fallout if they left the dog to die.
NAO June 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
To all of the volunteers. I thank you for volunteering your time to help people and the dogs. What you did was a kind a selfless act and it is appreciated. You saved a life yesterday. A life whether it is human or canine is a valuable life. Thank you again you did a great job. Naomi
Mary Koshak June 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
To all the commenters who do not know what they are talking about. No volunteer fireman does anything that he is not qualified for through thorough training. They all have to be approved physically fit to do the job for which they are not paid. To all the skinny butts who are criticizing the extra weight, maybe if you got off your skinny butts and volunteered some of these people wouldn't have to do work that you deem is more than a fat person can handle. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and don't pay attention to the people who don't know of what they speak. God Bless you all. BYW did you critics read the article yesterday about Lt Harry Wanamaker of the FDNY and Nyack FD who gave his life due to 9/11. He was a fine man, almost 50 year volunteer fireman, maybe a little overweight but that did not stop him from doing heroic work for butt heads like you.
Barbara Quinn Thornton June 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thanks to this highly trained, dedicated team who leave there families to help a Person or animal in need. Good Job, you are appreciated.
SOUTHWESTMINSTER June 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Think of it as O.J.T.
debbie June 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Why does a heartwarming story, turn into such BS!! Can't you just be grateful for the fireman for saving the dog and move on??? Get a life people!
TimLia June 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
was the dog bullied, is that why it went off the cliff?
RedFoot June 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I agree Debbie. This to me is one of the great stories of the year. Risking their lives to save that little sweetheart. This is what they do, everyday, save lives. And is that not the picture of the year. Oh my how cute, firefighter and doggie both. All that hard work and physical training pays off. I want to take them all out for beer and doughnuts!! Well done men!!
fairfield newcomer June 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I always love to hear from an animal lover.
SugarSugarHoneyHoney June 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I'd like to know why the dog went off the cliff. Does anyone know if the dog was being "bullied". I'm sure there's a bully in this story somewhere.
Peg Lyons June 11, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I guess rescuing a cat from a tree is out of the question as well?
Susan Morris June 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Maybe because in THIS country, we are more compassionate towards creatures human and other. You should consider YOURSELF lucky in that case
bruiser June 11, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I would like to take the time to thank each and every firemen for their service to our communities,and for all your hard work and dedication.
BG7 June 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Like where? They certainly do in England and Scotland and Ireland to. Perhaps they are not normal countries.
Todd Melon June 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Though I applaud the fire fighters effort. We spend far too much time, energy and dollars, trying to save those who want to commit suicide. At least the dog had some consideration for traffic and didn't choose the Tappan Zee bridge.
Susan Baker June 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Susan Baker June 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Some people have no life and love to turn a feel good story into BS.
God bless our Boys June 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I agree with Mary, I blame all this on this health kick this country is on. All this don't eat this and don't eat that. We only live once, carbs give us energy and sugar is sweet. If a bag of cookies or a little Ben & Jerry's (huh???:) puts a smile on your face, swallow it. Eat and be happy, nobody lives forever. These complaining skinny people concerned about their health, they're ruining everything. This country was built on the back of big men, here's just a few if you need a reminder. John Madden, William Howard Taft, Babe Ruth, Jackie Gleeson, William Perry, Bill Conrad (Cannon), Jimmy Breslin, Gov. Chris Christie (our future president I hope. That'll end all this doughnut talk), Alfred Hitchcock, Benjamin Franklin, Meatloaf, and I could go on and on and on. And to those people who ask, 'you see a lot of fat elderly people walking around?' You tell them, "No. I don't, cause they died happy." Now go bake that little boy Keith of yours a big cake. God Bless America.
tom99887766 June 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This is exactly the only comment that should have been written. Thank the volunteers for saving a life regardless of whether it was human or animal. I can't believe the idiotic comments thus far.......this is supposed to be a good/happy ending story; not a criticism of whether they saved the dog, who saved it, why it needed to be saved, etc. The naysayers need to find another friggin' bandwagon to blowup.
Mary Smith June 12, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I agree with you 1000%!! My neighbors allow their dogs to roam free, off leash, all the time. They poop wherever on everyone else's property. I WISH these dogs would fall of a cliff! Maybe then, the owners would learn a lesson!! If the dog in the article was off leash, as it would appear, I HOPE the owners learned THEIR lesson!. Kudos to the brave rescuers who cared enough to help!!
Shekina June 12, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I would have gone after my dog. As Gandhi said you know how civilized a culture is by the way they treat their animals. We rock~yay!!!
heidi June 12, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Thats wonderful i am so glad they saved the little dog it is very cute.
nicola will June 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Chill folks - I'm amazed at the fingerpointing here - thank you to all professional and volunteer rescue workers , and thank you for rescuing pets too ! Happy story and the guy's face says it all ....Todd your tough comment about rescuing suicides - I cannot agree as many of these people are mentally ill and can get better.
Shannie June 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I agree: To all of the volunteers. I also thank you for volunteering your time to help people and the dogs. What you did was a kind a selfless act and it is appreciated. You saved a life yesterday. A life whether it is human or canine is a valuable life. Thank you again you did a great job. & You are right, had it been my pup I would've risked my life to get her back and you probably would've had to come save me...So thank you very much for going above and beyond. May God smile on you and keep you safe as you do your selfless acts of kindness for others. <3
wendy wesselhoft June 12, 2012 at 09:22 AM
To all of the heartless people who don't think they should have saved this precious little animal, I truly hope more compassion is shown to you than what you would have shown to this little life. So only human life matters? No wonder this world sucks. It is filled with heartless humans like yourselves. I am so happy they saved this little dog.
Chris Clement June 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Story is about a dog that slipped down a cliff and that this dog was rescued by our professional and brave firefighters. How/why comments evolved into suicides on a bridge, comparing Patch to China, that firefighters should be paid, and maybe the dog was bullied well, are ridiculous IMO. Both our volunteer and paid firefighters do a stupendous job in saving people and animals and property. They are all compassionate, caring, and give their time and energies in helping others. THIS is what our country should be about and should be utmost in everyone's minds -- helping each other. Appears to me that many people have lost track of their blessings. Firefighters are blessings, (most) people are blessings, dogs are blessings, cats are blessings, water is a blessing, having a roof over your head is a blessing, etc. I give a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Nyack Fire Department's High Angle Rescue Team, and a big hug to Zoe.
Denise June 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
As the mother of a 17 year old volunteer, I am proud of the wonderful role models that he has surrounding him at all the VOLUNTEER fire houses in Nyack, and elsewhere. They are learning a lesson in self-LESS-ness, compassion, responsibility, bravery, and I could go on. Anyone that has anything negative to say about these amazing people should spend a little time with them and see how they match up!
Nyack citizen June 20, 2012 at 08:34 PM
In normal countries??? What are you talking about? This is exactly what firefighters do every day all over this great country. I am not sure what you mean by normal or where you come from but this kind of act is why the fireman in this country are the true heroes!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something