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Video: Woman and her dog rescued from frozen pond in Illinois

Cathy Medernach needed a rescue of her own after she took to the frigid water to rescue her family's dog.

An Aurora firefighter swims to the rescue of Bailey the dog after one of its owners failed to do the same.

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An Aurora firefighter swims to the rescue of Bailey the dog after one of its owners failed to do the same.

A frozen pond was the stage for a dramatic scene last weekend after a woman found herself in some trouble while trying to rescue the family dog.

Cathy Medernach told WLS-TV that she leaped into action after Bailey fell through the ice while chasing ducks on a pond behind her family's home in Aurora, Illinois.

“I didn’t think at all,” she said of her dogged rescue attempt. “I should have thought because my husband is a fireman. He tells me stories all the time.”

Her plan of attack was to grab her canoe, with a broom for an oar, and set out to pull Bailey from the water.

Alas, the broom didn’t cut the mustard when it came to paddling and Cathy found herself in the drink with Bailey after the canoe flipped over.

“I thought that I would be able to get myself back into the canoe, but I didn’t have the strength,” she said. “I tried using the ice as leverage, but that didn’t work. I have bruises on my legs to show for it.”

This development left the situation in the hands of Cathy’s eight-year-old son, Kayden, who ran inside to get help. After calling his firefighter dad, the boy was told to hang up and call 911.

That’s when the rescue ball really started rolling. Police soon arrived and used a rope bag to pull Cathy to safety. Shortly afterward, firefighters arrived and divers headed ventured out onto the pond to bring Bailey safely home after 30 minutes in the freezing water.

Happily for everyone involved, that wasn’t long enough to keep a good dog down.

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