By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - Two neighbors have helped save a Bettendorf man who fell into a retention pond’s freezing water.

The Quad-City Times reports ( ) that 72-year-old Ronald Simmering was trying to save his dog, which had fallen into the pond after being lured by a decomposing deer and other wildlife Saturday afternoon. Simmering fell in as he tried to lift the 80-pound dog out of the water.

Ann Raymon heard his cries for help from her home. Her husband, Tim Raymon, a 55-year-old Marine, tried to extend a branch to him before realizing Simmering was too weak to get a good grasp.

Tim Raymon got on his belly on the firm part of the ice and held onto Simmering before police and medics arrived.

Officers Jeremy Salsberry and Brian Hanssen threw a rope, but Tim Raymon couldn’t tie Simmering and began slipping into the water. The officers then grabbed one of Raymon’s legs and pulled the men to shore.

Simmering said medics put him into an ambulance and cut off his wet clothes.

“I was so cold,” he said.

Bettendorf Police Sgt. Mike Piazza said Simmering was in the water at least 10 minutes before the Raymon’s heard his screams and called 911.

“Timothy Raymon was instrumental in saving Simmering’s life,” Piazza said. “Officer Salsberry and Officer Hanssen put themselves in harm’s way with no thought for their own well-being to get both Raymon and Simmering to safety.”

Hanssen used a canoe to recuse the dog.

This incident was the first time the Raymons and Simmering met.


Information from: Quad-City Times,

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