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Orland Firefighter Braves Freezing Waters to Save Dog

The dog walked onto an ice pond, when a portion broke off, leaving the dog surrounded by freezing water.

Orland Firefighter Tom Panzica broke through inch-thick ice in a frozen pond to help a stranded dog.

“Chances are the animal walked onto the iced pond and then it broke and got stuck,” Acting Chief Raymond Kay said in a release. “Neighbors called the fire district to ask us to help rescue the dog. It was a very serious situation for the animal. We don’t want members of the public wading out into the ponds or walking on ice.”

Panzica donned an ice rescue suit to save the animal surrounded by water about a foot deep, according to the release.

Kay said a foot of water may not seem dangerous but it can be, and shouldn’t be underestimated. Fire fighters described the rescued dog as small family lapdog.

Mark January 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Great job! Great PR article. How about an article on how much the recent raises for the firefighters amounted to?
Terri January 17, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I am glad that this firefighter is recognized for his efforts to save a suffering animal. I agree that the bad news has to be reported, but I think everyone needs a pause from grumbling to enjoy good news.
grace deacy January 17, 2012 at 02:48 PM
is the dog homeless and being put up for adoption?
Frasier January 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Tom Panzinca, Deserves more than Praise....... He is a Hero!!!!! Reward him!!!!
Ben Feldheim (Editor) January 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Francis, your comment was removed because I spoke with the attorney you mentioned and he could not confirm what you described.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) January 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I did some looking and yes a sexual harassment suit was filed, and I'm waiting to hear back from the attorney who worked on the case to find the conclusion. Turns out Casson only filed the paperwork. He didn't actually try the case. There are a couple court documents out there, but none describe anything about a video.
Robert January 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Firefighters, paramedics, police, teachers, are very dedicated and admired professionals. Those who have a calling and go into the "helping fields" like nurses and most doctors social workers etc... are people of valor that go far beyond good work ethics. Some of our residents and board members are focused on money and being cheap on services. They don't understand the safety and compassion. Like the current OPFD voting to de fund flu shots for firefighters and paramedics, they don't understand how it can hurt our community and actually cause death to residents. Paul Cervenka who is vocal at every OPFD mtg complains of spending so he can pay less taxes: Orland Park resident Paul Cervenka complained about the district’s scuba team’s request for Sonar equipment . “Are you kidding me?” he said. “Quit funding this Scuba (stuff)
Drew Richards January 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Mark – Please keep in mind how valuable these fireman and paramedics are to the community before casting a negative tone to a great article and example of bravery. I’d like to share that just last month the Orland Park Fire Department responded to a call at Silver Lake CC. where a friend of mine suddenly stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. We thought we lost him, but these brave men responded swiftly to the call, sprung into action and revived him. Later that evening in the emergency room, the ER doctor said if it wasn’t for the quick response of the Orland Park Fire Department – paramedics, my otherwise healthy 39 yr old friend would have died. My friend is also a fireman-paramedic himself, so they not only saved his life, but also the lives my friend will now be able to save in the future as he returns to his own firehouse. Mark, maybe the Orland Park Fire or Police Department hasn’t been needed to save you or a family member from harms way, but I think you should acknowledge that these brave men and woman risk their own safety to protect yours!

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