Police officers take an oath to protect and to serve. Typically, that refers to fellow humans. But one brave man in blue’s vow extends toward all living creatures.
Milwaukee police officer Joseph Spingola was on patrol with a fellow officer on July 5, 2017, in McGovern Park. At around 6:00 p.m., the officers were attempting to help kids get their fishing line untangled from a bush. Then they heard a loud splashing sound.
At first, they had no idea what was causing the commotion. As it turned out, the source of the splash was a small dog falling into a lagoon.
Officer Spingola managed to dash over and grab the dog, an 8-year-old poodle mix, out of the water. But unlike many canine companions, this adventurous dog apparently loves water and has little to no sense of danger — because he jumped right back in!
The poodle managed to swim 45 feet from the shore before getting tangled in the weeds. Officer Spingola realized the dog was struggling and, with no time to lose, plunged into the water to save him. A bystander caught it all on cell phone video.
“It’s a life! Something that’s in distress. That’s what we are here for,” the brave officer said.
At this time, the owner of the dog has not been located. The healthy pup (fittingly named Phelps for Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps) is currently in the care of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.
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