Hero Officer Goes Viral After Rushing To Save Drowning Dog Just In Time


A car crash on a busy Chicago street led to one police officer being called a hero on Tuesday, June 13.


The four car accident happened at 6:30 a.m., leading to one person fleeing the scene, before eventually being caught, and two more being transported to the hospital.


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During the commotion, a dog escaped from one of the cars and ran towards Lake Michigan. The hot summer weather made the canine thirsty, and he decided to take a drink from the water.


Just moments later, the pooch lost his balance and tumbled in.


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Probationary Police Officer Juan Farris saw all of it happen and immediately jumped into action. He explained:


He just kept running back and forth, was pretty excited. Kept trying to get water out of the lake and fell into the lake. I heard the splash. Once I heard, I turned over, I saw him swimming, just went over there and grabbed him. I was hoping he didn't get too far, because it would've been quite the battle if I had to jump in.


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Officer Farris only completed the police academy six-weeks earlier, and he's already saving lives.


After he rescued the canine from the water, he patiently coaxed him into a leash, so he wouldn't run into traffic, before bringing him to the local animal control.


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Unfortunately, the dog was not microchipped and doesn't have a collar, so police are asking for anyone who might have information on the owner to come forward by calling 312-742-5870.


If no one comes forward to claim him, Officer Farris will be looking to adopt him.


dog_lake_michigan_police_officer_1Source: Chicago Police Department


A helicopter reporting on the crash spotted the dog near the lake and managed to capture the whole thing on video. Watch the full rescue below:


WATCH ABC7 EXCLUSIVE: It’s video that’s already going viral this morning. A dog, looking for some relief from the heat, falls into Lake Michigan. That’s when a quick-thinking Chicago police officer makes the rescue! Now police need your HELP finding his owner. *PLEASE SHARE: http://abc7.ws/2sYsiyA

Posted by ABC 7 Chicago on Tuesday, June 13, 2017


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