A police officer in Phoenix went above and beyond the call of duty last week.
When Phoenix Police Department Officer Conor McCarthy responded to reports of a drowning dog in a canal, he jumped into action.
McCarthy dove into the water and was able to help lead the dog to a waiting firefighter team on land. The dog, Hank, was taken to a nearby fire station where he was warmed up, calmed down, and given food/water and a lot of love. From there, he headed to All Animals Rescue and Transportation and was eventually reunited with his family.
*The fire department initially said it was a Glendale officer, but it was a Phoenix PD officer.
A @GlendaleAZPD officer pulled this pup to safety after he fell into the canal. Glendale firefighters were able to calm the dog and get a rope around him to lead him to their nearby fire station. Once there he was given food, water & some TLC. GPD transported him to HART. pic.twitter.com/QGGXhACu2x— Glendale Fire Dept. (@GlendaleFire) July 28, 2020
Check out video footage of the dramatic rescue shared by the Phoenix PD below, which has been shared over 100,000 times on social media.
WATCH: There’s no routine call in police work. This morning our officers responded to reports of a drowning dog in a canal and did not hesitate to jump in and save him. Once this good boy was safely on land again, he was treated by @GlendaleFire and is doing just fine. pic.twitter.com/hBLmTtit2x— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) July 29, 2020
Hank's family is very grateful that Officer McCarthy took the action he did Lucinda Cook, one of Hank’s owners, says that Hank hangs out in a kiddie pool at home, and he may have headed to the canal looking to cool off.
“It’s amazing that Officer McCarthy was there at the right time, at the right moment to be a hero and actually risk his life to save Hank,” Cook told local news station CBS 12 News. "We love Hank. We are so thankful of Officer McCarthy."
Officer McCarthy does not think he did anything special; he was just doing his job. "Everybody's a dog lover, a lot of people love dogs. I feel like if I wasn't there someone else would've done it," McCarthy said.
Hank is safe at home, and his family is keeping a close eye on him to make sure he does not escape again. One dramatic rescue in a lifetime is more than enough for any pooch!
Our hats go off to Officer McCarthy, a true hero!