When you think of heroes, the first people that come to mind are probably policemen, soldiers, firefighters, or doctors and maybe even the superheroes from Marvel or DC. But now, I have someone else to add to that list – UPS drivers. Or, well, one in particular.
Ryan Arens was working on delivering packages on his route in Bozeman, Montana a few days before Christmas, so you can imagine how busy he was, when he heard a dog that appeared to be in distress. After following the sounds, he came across a frozen pond where he discovered a startling scene. A dog had fallen into the icy pond and was unable to get out.
Speaking to the Great Falls Tribune, Arens said: “This dog was screaming and crying and going crazy. I could see the dog trapped about 10-15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it.” An older man was already there with a boat trying to get to the dog but wasn’t successful. So, Arens stripped down to his boxers, got the boat from the other man, and, as he explained, slid it into the ice, using it to distribute his weight and when the ice got thin, Arens fell into the freezing water, which was 16 feet deep. He managed to rescue the dog, who has just begun losing his fight and fallen under the water, and then swam them both to the shore where the older man waited for them and gave them blankets.
“We took the dog inside the older guy’s house and got in the shower together to warm up,” Arens explained. Other than the horrible freezing, he also got some cuts on his leg, but still got back to work and delivered another 20 packages that night.
The man who also has a dog of his own at home (pictured above) told the Tribune that animals are his “weakness”, adding that during the 14 years he has worked for UPS, resuing that dog was the best part of it. What’s more, a while later, Arens had to deliver a package right to the house of the dog’s owner, and the dog, who’s a two-and-a-half-year-old wirehaired pointing griffon named Sadie, recognized him.
“She was freaking out, and when he let her out she ran to me,” he explained. “She must have remembered me. It sure made me feel good. This dog had a whole lot of life left in her, and I’m really glad I was able to act when I did. She’s a sweetheart.”
Well, that just made all our hearts swell, didn’t it? Good job, Mr. Arens, I’m sure everyone who knows you is proud of you!