Hero K9 Finds Elderly Man Missing for Four Days
September 7, 2012
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An elderly Long Island physician is alive after a four day ordeal thanks to Chase, a 4 yr. old German Shepherd member of the NY State Park Police. Dr. Jerome Nadler went fly fishing on Labor Day at a Smithtown, NY nature preserve and did not return that evening.
Chase and hishandler
, Chase first located a container
of floatant which is used to keep fly fishing lures
buoyant. Dr. Nadler was then found approximately 50 feet away
from the container and semi-conscious
. Despite commands to return from his handler, Chase remained faithfully beside the stricken man until police officers came and rescued the doctor.
Nadler was airlifted from the scene and taken to Stony Brook Hospital.
was in a clearing hidden from view by dense brush and thicket
about a mile from where he had been fishing, shortly after noon on Thursday. Dr. Nadler’s son, Matthew Nadler, claims that “the dog made all the difference
”. New York State Park Police
Chief Richard O’Donnell
commented on Wednesday that canines “can do things that feet sometimes can’t. The dog is definitely a hero”.
His family did not expect the 76 yr. old man to be found alive after days spent in rain and high humidity. “We just could not believe that this man was still alive,” said canine officer William Krolikiewicz. “For an older gentleman that was in the woods for four days, in my opinion he was in excellent condition.” According to police, Nadler was covered in “about a million bug bites” and was dehydrated. His condition is serious, but he is expected to recover.
And he has the dog to thank for it.