A rookie cop from Chicago just accomplished an unforgettable first mission – save a drowning dog from Lake Michigan. A fresh graduate from the police academy, probationary officer Juan Farris was only six weeks into being a cop when he and his partner officer Guzman received a call about a Lake Shore Drive traffic incident.
The two cops arrived at the scene and noticed a Pitbull running near Lake Michigan. At first, Farris and Guzman thought the dog escaped from one of the vehicles caught in the traffic incident. They tried to catch the friendly dog, to no avail. He just ran around, let them pet him, but spun in circles when the police officers tried to secure him.
With all the running, the police officers noticed that the dog grew tired and thirsty. He then proceeded to take a drink from Lake Michigan, but miscalculated his lean, propelling him straight into the water. Farris and Guzman watched in fear as the Pitbull struggled to return to shore.
Farris acted quickly as he knew the dog would be in bigger trouble when he started to paddle harder, eventually causing him to float farther into the lake. The rookie cop rushed to the lake and reached out for the poor dog. Realizing the human was there to help him, the dog paddled towards Farris, who pulled him to safety.
According to Farris, he did not expect he’d come to work that day to save an animal’s life. At first, Farris and his partner really thought the Pit Bull belonged to someone. But after looking for his owner nearby, and after scanning him for a microchip, they realized that the dog they just saved is a stray.
Farris and Guzman took their new friend to the local shelter and made sure he had a temporary place to stay. If no one claims the friendly Pitbull within seven days, Farris plans to adopt him. According to the rookie cop, he always had plans of adopting a dog – and he would love to see how it goes with this amazing dog!
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