• Heroic effort to save dog
    August 30,2014
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    On Friday, Aug. 22, my younger brother took my dog, Sam, out hiking at White Rocks in Clarendon. At 500 feet up, Sam got startled by a noise and fell over a cliff. My brother called 911, and search and rescue showed up. After five hours of looking, they called off the search. Early Saturday morning, two of my brothers went up to the mountain determined to find my dog — dead or alive. My older brother finally spotted Sam in a tree about 250 feet from the top of the cliff and risked his life by getting over to that tree and staying with Sam while my other brother called 911 again. Five hours later, the wonderful rescue team made it to the top, carrying 400 pounds of equipment and rapelled down to rescue my brother and my dog. I would like to extend my thanks, gratefulness, and my heart to those involved: Chief Stephane Goulet, Capt. Mark Barone, Lt. Joe Maniery, firefighters Ryan Brown, Chris Ghio, Josh Maniery, Gary Wells, Terry Whiteman, Matt Walker, Jeremy Duchesne, junior firefighter Anthony Petrossi, firefighters Corbin Shattuck and Tim Mumford, the Clarendon Fire Department, the Wallingford Rescue EMS, the Danby Fire Department, the East Dorset Fire Department, Vermont state troopers, and, of course, my brothers, Owen and Kevin. Some people may say, “It’s just a dog,” but to me, my dog is my life, and these heroes saved more than just a dog that day.

    ERIN MURPHY

    Williston
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