Park City firefighters rescue dog from storm drain
Firefighters with the Park City Fire District helped reunite a Park City resident with his dog on Saturday after the animal fell into a storm drain.
Wayne Maw was hiking with his 5-year-old white Labrador, Cisca, and two other dogs near Park City Heights at around 4:15 p.m. Saturday when the incident occurred.
Maw said he often takes his dogs hiking in that area so he’s pretty familiar with the terrain.
“I am well aware of the natural hazards,” he said. “What I wasn’t aware of was the unnatural hazards.”
Maw was keeping a close eye on the dogs — they were off leash — when after a few minutes he realized he didn’t know where Cisca was. He started calling out her name and backtracking their path in the hopes of spotting her.
“I ran into this hole and I peered over the edge and there she was at the bottom of it,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get her out so I called 911.”
Cisca had fallen about 10 feet down a snow-covered storm drain. She appeared fine, Maw said, adding, “She was just a little confused.”
First responders with the Park City Police Department and Park City Fire District arrived on scene within minutes. They had to hike about a 1/4 of a mile from the trailhead to reach Maw.
Firefighters placed a harness around the animal to hoist her up. The dog was uninjured.
“It was harrowing there for a while,” Maw said. “Shout out to Park City Fire and Park City Police. They did great. I think we do pretty well about keeping track of our dogs. But, this came right out of the blue.”
Firefighters covered the hole with plywood before leaving.
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