One morning last month, an older man headed out for his daily walk along the channel of the Pittsburg Marina. The weather was chilly, and there were few people out and about at the early hour.
As the man continued on his way, he slipped and fell into the water. He called for help, but no one heard him. His hero wouldn’t be a human but a dog.
In a house on the channel, a 9-year-old Golden Retriever, Moe, lives with his owner, Joe Newman.
Around 6:00 a.m., Joe was startled awake. Joe says Moe must’ve heard the man’s distressed cries. He began barking.
This was no ordinary bark like the ones he’d hear alerting him that his pooch spotted another animal or dog. No, Moe wanted his attention.
Joe went outside to investigate: “I came downstairs and got a flashlight, and I heard the guy talking,” Joe said.
Early this morning an elderly man slipped and fell into the water while taking his morning walk at the marina. Thanks…
Joe observed the older man in the marina: “He was halfway in the water sitting on the rocks,” he explained. “I said ‘What’s going on?’ and he said he needed help.”
In a flash, he returned to his house and dressed. He rushed back to the man’s side and lifted him from the water and brought him inside. Concerned about the effects of being in the cold water, Joe also contacted emergency services.
In minutes, paramedics arrived and took the man to the hospital: “I hope he’s OK,” Newman said. “Moe’s a hero!”
If it weren’t for Moe, the man could’ve been in the chilly water for much longer than the estimated five minutes. The significance of what Moe did wasn’t lost on the Pittsburgh PD. They arrived the next day to honor Moe for being a hero.
#SayHelloToMoe !! 🐶❤️ @PittsburgPD staff brought #MoeTheHero some special treats this afternoon for his life saving efforts of an elderly man who fell in the #Pittsburg marina this morning! He’s a good boy 😁 pic.twitter.com/xhRcL3K2Vy
— Pittsburg Police, CA (@PittsburgPD) January 24, 2018
With them, they brought three bags stuffed full of doggie treats. Jager, their K9 unit dog, was even kind enough to give Moe one of his tennis balls.
“We are proud to say you really are a hometown hero!” the police officers said when they visited the heroic canine.
Moe loves the extra attention and belly rubs. And why not? He’s earned them. Way to go, Moe! You’re such a good boy!