The mayor of the town of Homewood, Illinois, fell through an ice-covered lake at Izaak Walton Preserve on Sunday afternoon while saving one of his dogs who plunged into the frigid water after running onto the ice. According to the Chicago Tribune, a good Samaritan who was running nearby heard what was happening and called 9-1-1.
Mayor Rich Hofeld, 80, was in the icy water for 15-20 minutes by the time that rescuers were able to pull him out of the lake – he spent a night recuperating from the effects of hypothermia at an area hospital. He has since returned home.
According to the news publication, Mayor Hofeld was able to rescue his dog, a Labrador retriever named Annie, from the icy lake. In an updated edition of the Tribune, Hofeld commented on his decision to save his dog, “The fact of the matter is, they’re family.”
According to the city website, Mayor Hofeld and his family have resided in Homewood since 1970.
(Image via Homewood city website)
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