FWPD officer rescues drowning man

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Fort Worth Police Officer Kellie Whitehead

It happened about a week ago, but Fort Worth Police Officer Kellie Whitehead is just now being hailed as a hero for her selfless efforts in rescuing a drowning man from the waters of Lake Como, on the city’s west side, on July 1.

Whitehead served as Fort Worth PD’s second LGBT liaison officer, taking over the position from Officer Sara Straten and later handing the reins to the department’s current liaison officer, Cpl. Tracey Knight.

According to a statement released by the police department, on the morning of July 1, a witness saw a man walk into the waters of Lake Como, and soon after, begin to scream for help.  Another person nearby jumped in to the try and help the drowning man, but “soon realized that he was overpowered and would not be able to help due to the current and the uncooperativeness of the victim.”

Whitehead was patrolling the city’s west side at the time and she and a second officer were dispatched to the lake. Whitehead arrived at the scene first, and video footage from the dash cam in her patrol car show her running to the water’s edge where she removed her socks and shoes, her shirt and her bulletproof vest, before diving into the water and swimming out to the drowning man.

According to the statement from the PD, when she arrived at the scene,Whitehead locked her gun belt in her patrol car before going into the water. The statement also said that Whitehead “quickly reached the victim in the water and was able to keep the victim and herself above water and pull them both closer to shore. The Fire Department arrived and assisted pulling them both to safety.”

Whitehead told a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her “plan was just to keep us alive.” She said she initially feared the victim was a child, and that once she reached the man in the water, she did her best to calm him down and reassure him that he was safe.

“It started as, ‘You’re going to be OK. … Don’t panic. Relax. Take a deep breath.’ It got to the point … ‘We’re going to be OK. We’re going to be fine.’ Just trying to keep both of us from panicking because it wasn’t that long that I was in the water but it seemed like forever.”

Video footage from Whitehead’s dash cam showing the rescue is below.

—  Tammye Nash

Help find Gollum

Gollum, the greyhound hero
Gollum, the greyhound hero

Terri Rimmer over in Fort Worth today forwarded an e-mail to me from Fort Woof Dog Park, and I am sharing it here in hopes someone can help find Gollum.

This is a very sad story, and it starts on Monday afternoon this week. According to a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, animal control officer Charles Hernandez got a call from some construction workers who said there was a Rottweiler that appeared to be drowning in a partially-frozen over pond near their work site. When he got there, Hernandez didn’t see the Rottweiler, but he did notice a greyhound that was acting strangely.

Hernandez told the Star-Telegram that the greyhound came to him, trying to get his attention, barking at the pond and trying to lead him toward the water. When he followed the dog, it led him to the east side of the pond, where he found a woman’s jacket, cellphone and keys.

The items belonged to a woman named Andrea Benua, 34. Apparently, Mrs. Benua was out walking with her three dogs — a Rottweiler puppy named Mallory, an Italian greyhound named Artimus and the second greyhound, Gollum. Police believe that Mallory and Artimus went out onto the ice of the partially-frozen pond and fell through. Mrs. Benua then apparently left her jacket, keys and cellphone on the edge of the pond and went into the frigid water after her pets.

Tragically, Mrs. Benua drowned while trying to save her beloved dogs. Emergency rescue workers found her body in the pond about two hours after the initial call went in to animal rescue.

To make it even more tragic, Gollum — the greyhound who led Hernandez to the site and who is pictured above — has been missing since then, and Mrs. Benua’s grieving husband desperately wants him back. Gollum was last seen in the area near Basswood Boulevard in far north Fort Worth.

The Star-Telegram reports that The Velvet Snout Canine Adventure Center is offering a $500 reward for Gollum’s safe return. Fort Woof Dog Park Association — of which Mrs Benua was an avid supporter — is offering a separate reward of $250.

Anybody with information on Gollum’s whereabouts is asked to e-mail contact@fortwoof.org or call 817-721-6056. I hope someone out there in Instant Tea-land has some information that can help bring Gollum home.mobil rpg gameподдержка сайта знакомств

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