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Hinsdale Dog Rescued After Being Swept Away By Stream

The dog traveled through a 1,000-foot underground pipe before being located by Hinsdale police officers.

Hinsdale officers who assisted in the rescue of a dog from a stream at KLM Park were community services officer Matt Miller, officer Louis P. Hayes Jr., officer Tony Maraviglia, and patrol supervisor Tom Yehl. (Photo courtesy of Mark Wodka)
Hinsdale officers who assisted in the rescue of a dog from a stream at KLM Park were community services officer Matt Miller, officer Louis P. Hayes Jr., officer Tony Maraviglia, and patrol supervisor Tom Yehl. (Photo courtesy of Mark Wodka)

A Hinsdale resident's dog was found by police after it was swept away by a rainwater stream at Katherine Legge Memorial Park Thursday morning.

Deputy Chief Mark Wodka of the Hinsdale Police Department said the department received a call at 9:16 a.m. Thursday from a resident who said their 115-pound Bernese Mountain Dog was taken away by the stream's current, which was accelerated due to the morning rainfall, while the dog was off her leash drinking the water. 

The owner last saw the dog get carried into a drainage pipe that Wodka said runs about 1,000 feet underground towards I-294.

"Upon learning that the dog was carried away into the pipe the officers began searching the area where the pipe discharges," Wodka said.

Shortly thereafter, the officers located the dog at the corner of Tomlin Court and Laurie Lane, east of KLM. The dog, Sammie, suffered some injuries to her paws.

"It was a frightening experience for the dog owner, but fortunately this was a good outcome," Wodka said.

The deputy chief said Thursday's incident serves as a warning to residents that dogs should always be leashed and never allowed to drink from moving streams. 

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rtltntzt October 31, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Congratulations to you heroes who risk your lives every day to save people and all of God's creatures. I'm sure the dog's owners are forever indebted to you. I know I would be.
Linda Lozier November 01, 2013 at 12:15 AM
We ARE forever indebted to them, and they really ARE heroes! Within minutes of our dog being swept away by the flood waters at KLM this morning, Officers Hayes, Yehl and Miller were dispatched to try and locate her on the other side of the tunnel in Burr Ridge. We never thought we'd see her alive again, after seeing how quickly she had been swept away through the tunnel, and how fast the water was rising. When we heard that they had located her and were bringing her back to the park, after walking through waist-high flood waters to reach her, we were crying with joy. My husband and I had been searching frantically through the rising waters adjacent to the tollway, but had almost lost hope. We are so grateful to have our Sammie alive. Aside from some trauma and bloodied paws, she is resting and doing well. We are so fortunate to having such caring people watching over us and our loved ones. Thank you, a million thank yous, to the wonderful police officers at the Hinsdale Police Department!!
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) November 01, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Thanks for the comment, Linda, and sorry for the typo on Sammie's name. It's been fixed. Glad to hear she's safe at home!
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) November 01, 2013 at 12:25 PM
By the way, Linda: Do you have a picture of Sammie we could post?
Carol Clausen November 01, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I listened to this call on the scanner and was thrilled to hear the outcome. I was so proud of the way the officers handled this call. Way to go HPD! Also, kudos to Patch for the article. A picture of Sammie would be nice.
Linda Lozier November 01, 2013 at 10:58 PM
A photo of her is on my profile!
Maralyn Owen November 03, 2013 at 10:15 AM
What a great story. I have a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog which is very similar to a Bernese Mountain Dog, (the spelling in the headline is incorrect as "Burmese"....that is a region famous for big snakes.LOL) and am so glad the dog was safe!!!
Bob Splendoria December 18, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Linda, A big shout out should also go to the Hinsdale Humane Society staff located at Kathryn Legge Park. After initially contacting Public Works and being advised they couldn't be of assistance, it was the kind staff at HHS that continued to call various gov't agencies for help until finally reaching the Hinsdale Police Dept. who took immediate control of the situation with the Burr Ridge Dept. and saved Sammie. Every day, we are all blessed to have our canine companions as an integral part of our families and lives....

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