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Woman Saves Dog That Fell Into Icy Pond

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Nicole Ralston Deputy U.S. Marshal Nicole Ralston

A woman in Delaware County jumped into icy water to save a dog that ran onto a pond and broke through the ice Monday morning.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Nicole Ralston is front and center when it comes to tracking fugitives.

Each day, her life can be at risk, but it was nothing like what she dealt with Monday morning.

Ralston watched as a golden retriever ran by her in a park and onto a pond that appeared to be frozen over.

That's when that dog fell through the ice and into the freezing water.

"The poor dog was swimming and she was slowing down. The boys were saying, 'Mom, don't let the dog die,'" Ralston said.

Ralston sent her son and his friend for help and she starting to inch onto the ice to try and help.

"I went to reach for the dog and crashed through," Ralston said.

Now neck deep in the icy water, Ralston put her hand inside the dog's collar and flipped the dog up and to safety. But she was anything but safe.

"My legs weren't working the way I thought they should be. My body started to shut down," Ralston said.

Running out of time and energy, she focused, and pulled one leg up on the ice, then threw herself over and to safety.

"I feel very lucky, I'm here," Ralston said.

Hours later, the owners of that dog, Roxie, found out exactly what happened, and looked for Ralston to thank her personally.

"[It's] wonderful to know that there are still people like that in the world, that would risk their own life to take care of an animal," Sean Fyffe said.

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