Members of the Maury County Fire Department were dispatched to the remote banks of the Duck River early Monday morning and successfully rescued a dog trapped along a steep embankment taller than most buildings in the region.
Captain Tommy Stanfill said the dog, a coon hound named Angel, was trapped along the side of the river under a 30 to 40-foot cliff within the greater Yanahli Park area off Sowill Mill Pike and Rieves Bend Road east of Columbia.
Volunteer firefighters from three surrounding stations, No. 1, 10 and 12, were dispatched to the scene after 12 p.m. as the department’s team of rope specialists led the rescue.
Firefighter Mikey Garcia repelled down the cliff and retrieved the animal before the two were raised to safety.
“He went down and was able to get the dog, tied it to him, and we raised them up, over the cliff,” Stanfill said.
The chief said the rescue went smoothly despite the remote location and the slippery conditions following several days of snowfall the prior week.
“We have some great guys, and they did a good job,” Stanfill said. “There were no complications everything went exactly as it should have. It was really a team effort.”
The dog was recovered without injury.
“Angel was very happy to see somebody,” Stanfill said. “When we got to her, she he was muddy and happy to be rescued.”
“We train for different events, and we are always trying refine our skills, so when these strange situations arise, we are capable of handling it,” Stanfill added.
The Maury County Fire Department is a volunteer organization with about 150 to 200 volunteer firefighters.
The department operates from 12 stations across Maury County’s 620 square miles of land inhabited by about 100,000 people using 10 engines, five tanker trucks, five brush trucks, a mobile air unit and six support vehicles.