City Employee Assists in Ice Water Rescue

Posted On Thursday March 25, 2021

Larry Legue was driving to Guindon Park when he noticed emergency vehicles headed to the Cornwall Canal.

A woman was struggling in the canal after going out on the ice to rescue a bystander’s dog.

The Parks and Landscape Sub-Foreman took action after seeing that the emergency vehicles were on the wrong side of the canal.

“I drove down to OPG and then drove up the bike path,” said Legue.

Legue helped the woman into his truck. He turned the heat on to try to warm her before heading back to the canal for the dog.

Legue left the woman in the care of first responders, then took the dog home while its owner went to hospital.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” he said.

The woman’s family expressed their thanks to Larry and the fire department.

“I would like to remind residents that venturing out onto the ice is dangerous,” said Fire Chief Jeff Weber. “The ice is thin and cannot support anyone’s weight at this time.”

Pets should be leashed at all times. If they happen to venture onto the ice, or a resident ventures onto the ice, please do not attempt rescue – call 911.

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