It was a night many people – and one animal – will never forget.
First and foremost on that list: Michelle Bellmore and her dog Cecil.
Cecil was walking out on the ice on Rose Lake in Bath Township (11 miles north-east of Lansing) at around 7 p.m. when he fell through.
Bellmore, his owner, tried to save him, and she fell through the ice.
Police responded and pulled both the woman and the dog from the ice, but not before a couple of officers went through the ice, as well.
Everyone survived – and last week, Bath Township honored everyone involved in the rescue. And we mean everyone.
According to the Bath Township Facebook page, the board of trustees passed a resolution thanking everyone who took part – from police, firefighters, and dispatchers to the residents who were in the area and helped out.
Their names – taken from the Facebook page – are below.
Bath Township Residents: Susan Danford, Patrick Zeeb, Stephanie Hogle and Stuart Niles.
Bath Township Police Department: Chief Scott Rose, Lieutenant Lyle Lindemulder, Officer Avery Lyon, and Officer Michael Lapham.
Bath Township Fire Department: Chief Dan Oberst, Assistant Chief Dave Snider, Captain Millard Sivak, Fire Marshal Mitch Hosford, Firefighter Mike Hawkins, Firefighter Roger Dunham, Firefighter Mitchell Lewis, Firefighter Tyler Douglas, and Firefighter Luke LaFargue.
DeWitt Township Police Department: Officer Dominic Johnson
Clinton County Sheriff’s Office: Deputy Andrew Wiswasser
Clinton County Special Rescue Team: Ryan Acre, Laurie Ferguson, Josh Hamilton, Kip Harman, Dave Haviland, Peggy Haviland, Tom Hovey, Scott Irrer, Mike Johns, Steve Krish, James Menke, Dan Schulte, Larry St. George, Tom Sullivan, Matt Wiechec, and Rob Wooten.
Mercy Ambulance Company: Paramedic Chad Redman, and EMT Al Lavara.
East Lansing Fire Department: Deputy Chief Jeff Alleman, Firefighter Nichole Kitson, and Firefighter Nathan Floyd.
Clinton County Central Dispatch: Barbara Spagnolo, Aaron Schultz, Jared Spears, and Suzzette Bunge.