ABOVE AND BEYOND: Charlestown K9 officer rescues neighborhood pond dog | New
CHARLESTOWN – City of Charlestown Police Sgt. Adam Clark was home Monday morning getting ready to start his shift when his wife got a call that prompted him to act early.
Neighbors had reported what appeared to be a distressed, and possibly drowning, dog in their neighborhood’s three-acre lake. As Clark made his way to the scene, he got another call from his job asking if he was still home.
“I went down there and saw several people standing around and then saw the little puppy, swinging up and down, in and out of the water,” he said. “And that’s when I took off my vest and secure, took off my gun and went into the water and picked up the puppy.”
“I just picked it up and carried it. He was terrified, definitely, shaking and exhausted. I don’t know how long the little guy was there. I know he was tired.
One of the neighbors wrapped Sammy, a 12-year-old mini Schnauzer, in a towel and they called animal control to check on his health. Sammy ended up spending the next part of the day at Town Hall as the staff searched for his family. When they found him, Mayor Treva Hodges brought the little dog home.
“We were really delighted to get it back,” said owner Al Nolan. “I thought he was gone.”
Nolan said he believed the puppy escaped overnight through an open door. “I got up in the morning and he was gone,” Nolan said, adding that he didn’t know how he ended up in the lake.
For Clark, a trained officer, a dog handler for K9 Hurley, and a dog lover, he wasn’t shy about what to do. But he also said it was part of his job.
“If it was my dog, there would be no hesitation… whether it was my dog or not,” he said. “I just hope someone has the courage to do the same. It’s my job but on the other hand it’s great for the community to see these positive stories, it’s nice to see the smiles on the faces of the community especially the dog owner, it was really fulfilling.
Charlestown City Deputy Police Chief Major Brion Gilbert praised Clark for his response.
“Adam loves dogs, he’s one of our K9 officers, he’s been for years,” Gilbert said. “So it’s no surprise to me that he did what he did. He put himself in danger to help an animal in need. It was a really good deed and we’re glad he did and I think he went above and beyond the call of our normal duties.
Mayor Hodges also congratulated the officer and said the city was lucky to have him in the police force.
“I think the owner really said that in some communities there wouldn’t be anyone who would literally jump into such a situation to save a little dog,” she said.
“If he’s ready to jump in and save this little dog, he’s ready to jump in and do anything for our community, and I think that’s great, just super proud of him.”
Nolan said he was extremely grateful for the swift action of the officer and the mayor who made sure Sammy got home.
He referred to the saying, “I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am,” Nolan said. “And basically Adam Clark is that kind of guy.”