A dog named Leika was rescued by a construction worker after the pooch fell through thin ice on the Charles River near Route 9/Route 128.
The dog, let loose by its owner, went into the Charles from the Needham side of the river, according to Wellesley Police. The owner, from Newton, fell into the river too while trying to rescue the dog, but the owner was able to get back to the shoreline. A nearby construction worker went in after the dog from the Wellesley side and got her out. The Wellesley Police and Fire Departments, the Newton Police and Fire Departments, and the State Police all responded to the incident.
The construction worker was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a precaution.
Wellesley has seen numerous dog rescue attempts along the Charles in recent years (Deja vu: Wellesley Fire, Police departments rescue another dog from the icy Charles River and Wellesley firefighters, police save dog from icy Charles River)
If you’re wondering why flags have been lowered to half-staff in Wellesley today, Wednesday March 22, it’s to honor Joseph Toscano of the Watertown Fire Department, who died in the line of duty last week. The father of five had lived in Randolph.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset.
Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie reminds residents, while they’re setting their clocks ahead this weekend for daylight saving time, to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors — and he’s not just talking about replacing the batteries.
“Smoke alarms, like other household appliances, don’t last forever,” said DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. “Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries.”
The state fire code recently changed to require replacement battery-operated smoke alarms to have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries in older one- and two-family homes. DeLorie said, “Fire officials hope that if we make smoke alarms easier for people to maintain, they will take care of them. We see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work.”
DeLorie encourages people to check on parents’ and older neighbors’ alarms as well. Seniors can also contact local fire departments for assistance.
I wondered what was up earlier this week when I saw a couple of fire trucks, and maybe another emergency vehicle or two, cruise onto the Wellesley College campus with their lights on and sirens off.
Then on Wednesday morning a Swellesley reader shared the photo above, featuring perhaps a Walking Dead extra, taken from behind the Wellesley Fire Station on Rte. 9.
I knew there had to be a perfectly good explanation for all this activity, and sure enough there was.
The disheveled guy in the back of the truck is a rescue dummy used for drills, according to Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie. WFD was hosting a Norfolk County Technical Rescue Team Drill at Wellesley College. “There are a number of underground tunnels for utility and steam piping connecting many of the buildings,” DeLorie says.
And from the photo below, it looks as though the chap from the truck had a busy day underground and was just catching a few Z’s later on.