- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) - Volunteer firefighters on Long Island are being hailed as heroes for rescuing a 90-pound dog who fell through the ice at Hempstead Lake.

The Labrador-border collie mix named Teddy broke loose from his owners Wednesday and ran out onto the ice.

Newsday (https://bit.ly/1mI2m1J ) reports that members of the Rockville Centre volunteer fire department rescued the animal. The department recently performed rescue drills at the site.

Teddy, who got about 100 yards onto the ice, was rescued after about 30 minutes. Owner MaryAnn Nesdill says he clung to a chunk of ice to stay afloat.

Teddy had icicles formed on his thick, bearlike fur after being rescued.

The dog is named for his “teddy bear” personality.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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