Fire Department Gifted Equipment After Clydesdale Horse Rescues


STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Exactly three months ago today, two Clydesdale horses were rescued from an icy pond in the Poconos. The complicated rescue was especially difficult because the fire departments didn’t have the proper equipment. But today, a local business delivered. 

On February 16th, the Clydesdales broke out of their enclosure and ended up neck-deep in a Hamilton Township pond. Firefighters weren’t sure the horses would make it, but they did. 

“It was very challenging, we had to improvise a lot,” explains Chris Piczon, firefighter, Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder.

Several departments and the community worked together to successfully free the horses. Emergency responders didn’t have their own water rescue equipment, so they relied on a boat, blankets and heaters from neighbors.

“We definitely saw we can be better prepared,” Piczon recalls. 

But Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Fire Company would need help from their community.

Ertle Subaru has stepped up, donating a $1,500 dollar rescue raft. 

“They’re always taking care of us, so we want to turn around and help out the first responders and take care of them,” says Jim Ertle, owner, Ertle Subaru. 

The raft is just one of several items on the fire department’s ‘water rescue wish-list’. 

Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder still needs $8,500 dollars worth of supplies including flotation vests, whistles, wet shoes and a trailer. Firefighters say the equipment can be used in many emergencies, like when dogs slip through ice. 

“It is very versitile, we can use it for any kind of water incident,” Piczon explains.

You can get involved by donating to an online GoFundMe campaign. Click here for the link

“You never know, they might be out there saving one of your loved ones,” Ertle points out.

There is also an upcoming Charity Event fundraiser planned at ‘The Lounge’ in Bartonsville on Friday, June 7th with an after-work party with giveaways and a Charity Dance from 9-12. $10 dollar cover donation goes directly to the “Save A Life, Fill Up The Boat” fund.

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