Dog bites Kittery firefighter during cold water rescue

KITTERY, Maine — The Fire Department executed a cold water rescue of two elderly dogs in the swamp area at Horn Point in Fort Foster Park last Saturday. One firefighter was bitten in the process, raising initial fears of the need to go into a rabies protocol.

“One dog was able to free itself from the hazard and walked out on its own, the other dog was stuck and the only way to get him was to have a firefighter in cold water rescue gear make the rescue,” said Fire Chief David O’Brien at Monday’s Town Council Meeting. “The firefighter followed all procedures, including being tethered, he had full immersion gear on and he carried a ground ladder for support in case he broke through.”

By Alex LaCasse

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