n s cadets receive commendation for rescuing woman dog who had fallen through ice

3 N.S. cadets receive commendation for rescuing woman, dog who had fallen through ice

Canada

Three young men with the Canadian Armed Forces’ cadet program have been honoured for their quick-thinking and bravery in saving a woman and her dog who fell through ice last spring.And the cadets are hoping to find that woman, to get an update on her and her dog.Cadet Master Cpl. Jonathan Scott Pyrovolos, 14, Cadet Master Warrant Officer Caleb James Wilson, 17, and Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Day, 18, were at an orienteering exercise at a Trenton, N.S., park on March 24, 2018.Story continues below

READ MORE: Eastern Canadian cadets train in Nova Scotia to get glider pilot licencesThe three members of 219 New Glasgow Legion Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps were surveying the area that day to prepare for the exercises when they noticed a dog that had gone through the ice in a pond.“We just looked over and happen to see a dog walking on the pond and go through the ice,” Day said.“We saw the owner start going down the hill so we realized we should probably do something. The dog isn’t supposed to be there.”As the teens made their way toward the pond in the snow, the situation became more pressing.“The lady jumped onto the ice to grab the dog but then she got stuck,” Day said.“We grabbed her feet and made sure she had the dog and once she did, we pulled them both out on the solid land.”Day says the dog, which he believes was a retriever or lab, and the woman were uninjured, but wet and cold.He says the woman and her friend thanked the boys, who walked them back to their car.Thinking back on the event, Day says adrenaline took over and the teens knew they had to act quickly.“We thought if we hadn’t done anything, the dog might not have made it through. She went on the ice, so she was breaking through the ice,” he said.“We didn’t know what would have happened but we’re just glad we didn’t find out.”The teens told their officers what happened, but didn’t think much more of it.WATCH: New air cadet squadron aims to divert kids from Surrey gang life