Had it not been for that extra bit of time they waited, they might have passed before the accident took place and been unable to help.
Officer Jolin was nearby at the time, and when the call came he was able to get to the house in under a minute.
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Though Ashley Batchelor and her son Conner weren't far out in the water, there was a riptide, and the two were tiring themselves out.
Ervin's bodycam footage has been released in part, showing just how extreme the situation was and how much danger he faced during the rescue.
The rest of the crew rigged up a crane to support the man's body and keep him upright, and they called for reinforcements.
Thanks to the lovable pup's presence, the woman was able to get professional help and chose life that night.
The troopers were helping secure the area when three people approached them to call for an ambulance because a mother inside was in labor.
Whether the eggs were eaten by foxes or swept away by floods, year after year, this particular pair has had little success.
While both man and dog ended up needing stitches, they walked away from the attack with their lives, a fact that was not lost on McCoy.