Longview Firefighters Rescue Dog from River (Photo)
Firefighter Paramedic Tucker Williams works to free a black lab from a riverbank.
Longview, WA -- Firefighters were summoned to the banks of the Cowlitz River today when a dog became stuck in cold water and thick mud. The dog's owner, Greg Packwell, called 911 for assistance at 3:26 PM today. Packwell told dispatchers that his dog had been playing near the river at the Gearhart Gardens boat launch when it became stuck in thick mud beyond the shoreline. Packwell attempted to rescue his pet, but had to retreat fearing he himself would become a victim to the mud.
Longview Engine 81 arrived at the scene shortly after the call and began to assess the situation. Acting Lieutenant Matthew Amos reported that the dog was shivering cold with water up to the black lab's chest. Upon questioning Packwell, Amos discovered that the dog had been stuck for in excess of 20 minutes. Amos felt that the dog was in danger and ordered an immediate rescue.
Firefighter Paramedic Tucker Williams and Firefighter EMT Mike Lewis donned life jackets and deployed a ladder on top of the mud to walk on. Then, on their hands and knees, Williams and Lewis dug the dog free of the mud with their bare hands.
After carrying the dog to safety, Williams said the dog couldn't walk. "It was freezing; the dog was just shivering and couldn't stand". He and Lewis wrapped him in a blanket and carried him to Packwell's vehicle. After a few minutes of warming, the dog's condition improved.
Packwell told the firefighters that he and his dog frequently play at the park and that they plan to return.
Longview Police Seek Information - 11/20/15
Longview, WA - On 11-18-2015 victim Brody Zyzniewski, 18 reported being stabbed in the arm with a knife during a dispute with another male at Lake Sacajawea just after dark Wednesday evening.
Mr Zyzniewski told Longview Police he was on Kessler Blvd on Louisiana St driving to a friend's house with his car windows down when he overheard yelling between a male and a female near the lake bank. Mr Zyzniewski pulled over and observed an unknown male pushing and pulling the unknown female toward the underpass of the bridge. Mr Zyzniewski stated he intervened by shouting at the male who drew the knife and approached him. The female then fled on foot from the area. As the male approached, Mr Zyzniewski stated he struck the male in the left eye. The male continued to advance and a fight ensued between the two during which Mr Zyzniewski stated he was stabbed. The unknown male then fled on foot in the same direction as the female. Mr Zyzniewski then called 9-1-1 as he drove to his friend's house.
Mr Zyzniewski described his assailant as a dark-skinned black male in his late 20's, over 6'00", with short hair, no facial hair, and dark clothing. He described the other victim as a Hispanic female, approximately 5'00" and 180 lbs, with dark curly shoulder-length hair, and dark clothing. Mr Zyzniewski received stitches for his wounds at St John's Medical Center. There were no other witnesses to the incident and police later found blood at the scene.
The unknown female has not come forward. Police are currently following up on various tips. If you have any new information contact Detective Bokma via the CIU tip line at (360) 442-5929.