Noble Act: Selfless Man And His Dogs Save A Stranger's Dog By Unhesitantly Jumping Into The Icy Waters Of Tonawanda Creek
February 18, 2019 17:54 By Fabiosa
Selflessness can be exemplified as the noble act that Don Chatten performed when he dived into the icy waters of Tonawanda Creek, without a second thought, to save a stranger's little terrier dog from the severe cold.
Chatten, a truck driver for The Buffalo News, was about to leave Ellicott Island Bark Park with his two adorable dogs, Milo and Duke, when a frantic stranger reached out to him wondering if Chatten had seen his dog.
Chatten, who resides in Wheatfield, visits the park located in the town of Tonawanda occasionally.
After Chatten couldn't source the dog's whereabouts, and he didn't hear from the stranger anymore, he assumed that she had found the dog, so he decided to continue with his initial plan, which was to go home.
Fortunately, his two dogs cut the journey short by halting near the foot of a pedestrian bridge. The 49-year-old assumed his dogs had seen a bird or duck and that was not worth waiting for, so he proceeded.
Milo and Duke weren't having it, though. They stopped again, and that was when Chatten heard the mild sob. He dialed 911 immediately but couldn't wait around because he was scared for the dog’s life.
Chatten then went down to the creek and dove into the ice to save the frightened pup. Luckily, Chatten was familiar with Tonawanda Creek so he was able to navigate the ice.
He used his arm to break the ice so he could get to the dog, and took a different route while swimming back, which meant breaking more ice. All the witnesses were amazed by his chivalry.
Chatten believes his dogs are the real heroes of the day, with good reason. He said:
"I just did the grunt work.”
A passerby, Samantha Kelly, who witnessed the heroic moment took photos and posted them on her Facebook account. The dog, which was later identified as Jonathan, is doing well.
There are several stories of dog saving men, and we are glad to see that men can reciprocate the action. We commend Chatten's intuitive dogs and his bravery. It was an epic moment.