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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.

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!

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