Letter: A heartfelt thank-you to rescuers for this Fenway save

Posted 9/3/18

To the editor:

We are writing to commend and to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the Little Compton fire chief and officers who rescued our 3-year old golden retriever from small craft …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Letter: A heartfelt thank-you to rescuers for this Fenway save

Posted

To the editor:

We are writing to commend and to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the Little Compton fire chief and officers who rescued our 3-year old golden retriever from small craft advisory waters in the Sakonnet River today.

At the rock outcropping north of Taylor’s Lane, Fenway took off after a seagull with a broken wing whose only recourse was water. An avid swimmer, Fenway’s bobbing head disappeared from view as he  chased and swam and drifted northwest, out of sight.

We reluctantly called the Little Compton Safety Complex, imagining they had way more important things to do than look for our dog. They do, but they did! Fire Chief Petrin arrived and walked north over challenging terrain at a rate with which we couldn’t keep up. He also dispatched two boats that covered a grid over the area where the tides might have carried Fenway. As we watched the boats work their with no results, we began to reconcile ourselves to Fenway’s loss.

After over an hour, during which we thought there was no way Fen could survive in those waters, we saw Chief Petrin on the horizon, maybe a half mile north of where we waited, more than a mile north of where we had begun. He appeared like a mirage with a yellow dog at his side. He found our very beloved dog just off shore, called him in, and brought him back to us.

Chief Petrin accompanied all of us back to Taylor’s Lane, where he and his officers provided Fen with much needed water. We still can’t believe they did all of this for us. Thank you chief, fire and police officers for reminding us how blessed we are to live in this town. You are our heart.

Jana P. Porter and Peter V. Fossel

Little Compton

2020 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.