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Manners Hero of the Week: Boston Firefighter Risks His Life to Save Drowning Husky

Mark Garfinkel/Boston Herald

Firefigher Sean P. Coyle, pulls Sylvie from the water.

Timing is everything, they say. So, too, character. Last week, Sean P. Coyle, a firefighter with South Boston’s Ladder 19, witnessed a 13-year-old Siberian husky named Sylvie fall through the ice into Pleasure Bay while her owner watched in horror. Not missing a beat, Firefighter Coyle quickly put on a survival suit and plucked the now lucky Sylvie from the near frozen waters.

“We look at the pets like citizens,” Mr. Coyle told the Boston Herald. “They’re loved by their owners... Whether it’s in a burning building or a freezing lake, we just want to get them out safe.”

After rescuing the husky, the heroic firefighter fell out of his rescue basket into the bay but—attached to a safety rope—was quickly hauled back in by his fellow members of Ladder 19.

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For putting his life at risk and saving Sylvie’s, Firefighter Sean P. Coyle is our Manners Hero of the Week.

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