A rookie Chicago PD officer jumped into action to save a dog from drowning in Lake Michigan on a Tuesday morning.
Juan Farris, a probationary police officer, had recently graduated from police academy six weeks before the incident happened when he and his partner, Officer Guzman, were dispatched to the scene of a four-car collision along Lake Shore Drive.
As Farris and Guzman were attending the scene to sort out what happened, Officer Farris spotted a nearby dog walking by. Thinking that the dog must’ve escaped from one of the cars involved in the accident, Farris and Guzman decided to chase.
Farris observed that the dog was friendly. The dog would let them pet him, but he would not let them capture him.
As soon as the dog became tired, it went to a nearby lake to drink. However, as it leaned in to drink, it suddenly fell into the lake. It struggled to get back up on the shore but failed due to the high ledge.
Officer Farris was observing the dog for quite some time. He saw the dog went near to the side of the lake to drink. After a few minutes, he heard a splash, so without hesitation, Officer Farris came to the dog’s rescue. He reached out for the dog to bring back to safety.
Officer Farris felt good about what he did on that day. He never imagined that he would go to work to save a dog’s life.
Officer Farris and Officer Guzman probed further on the dog’s owners. At first, they thought that the dog was owned by one of the victims involved in the car accident, but it turned out that the dog was a stray.
For now, the dog was held captive by Animal Control. If no owner would claim him, Officer Farris plans to adopt the dog.
Screenshots courtesy of @animallife via Twitter