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A Jamestown police officer used to being in the right place at the right time helped rescue a dog in distress from the Chadakoin River.
Officers were alerted around 6 p.m. Saturday to a report of a dog in the river near the dam on the Riverwalk.
Bystanders told officer Jakki Martin-Ahlbin that the dog, after somehow getting into the water, struggled to swim but managed to reach a rock.
“He was lying on a rock at the edge of the water and did not move” says Martin-Ahlbin.
When the officer approached, the dog got up and jumped into the water. “I jumped in and grabbed his collar, pulled him towards me and walked up to the shore.”
Martin-Ahlbin said the dog was 13 years old, deaf and would be partially blind.
“He was exhausted and couldn’t have gotten out of it and probably would have gotten into some shit,” said Martin-Ahlbin.
Thanks to its integrated electronic chip, the dog was returned to its owner.
The rescue was captured by Devon Estus on his cellphone; the video he posted on Facebook was widely shared.
“I just know that officers usually don’t get noticed anymore for the good things they do,” Estus told the Post-Journal, “So I wanted everyone to know that they are good people.”
Martin-Ahlbin, along with members of the Jamestown Fire Department, were credited with helping an 11-day-old baby who was declared unresponsive and not breathing last September. The officer performed CPR on the infant until firefighters arrived.