WAKEFIELD — On Wednesday morning, two individuals were rescued from Charlie Fielding’s Pond after falling through thin ice, thanks to the quick thinking and action of a retired volunteer firefighter.
At about 9:30 a.m., the Wakefield Police Department and Fire Department responded to an emergency call near the tennis courts on Great East Lane, where they found two young men pulled from the water, showing signs of hypothermia.
The Wakefield Fire and Rescue team provided immediate medical treatment and transported the victims to a local hospital for further care.
Rick and Deborah Wehrhan, residents who heard cries for help, were instrumental in the rescue.
While Deborah called 911, Rick, a retired volunteer firefighter from Germania, New Jersey Fire Department, rushed to aid the distressed individuals.
Using a ring buoy from his yard, Rick was able to pull both men out of the freezing waters to safety.
Rick’s experience and fast response were crucial factors in the successful rescue operation.
Wakefield’s Police Chief Michael Fenton issued a reminder in the wake of the incident, urging the public to be cautious around ice.