Selfless police officer jumps in to river to save drowning dog

A heroic police officer with a big heart risked his life to save a drowning dog.  The dog was trapped and struggling and would likely not have survived had it not been for the selfless act of Patrolman Mark Smythe of the Royersford PA police department.

Smythe was on patrol when he received the call about a dog in distress in the Schuylkill River.  Krista Grubb was walking along the river and had noticed the struggling dog and made the call for help.  When Smythe arrived he called for a fire department water rescue team but felt the dog was at too much risk to wait so in he went.  “The dog was trapped underneath a log and only his head was visible. The dog did not have much time, according to Smythe,” Royersford’s Media Relations Officer, Tom Godin said.

Once Smythe was able to free the dog, several onlookers helped to get him and the dog back up the steep riverbank to safety.  Following the rescue the cold dog was taken to Royersford Veterinary Hospital for treatment and then on to the SPCA.   Smythe is being hailed as a hero, but the modest officer had this to say on Facebook: “Thanks everyone but it was Krista Grubb who truly saved this guy – She was walking her dog when she heard him whining, then looked down and saw him trapped in the water – without her calling 911, he would have surely perished.”

Smythe has a dog of his own and says he couldn’t ignore the peril that this dog was in, so he had to jump in and do something.  The fortunate pup has since been picked up by his grateful owners and s safely back at home.


  1. Brian says on  11/13/2012 at 8:04 pm

    you are truly my hero

  2. Adriana says on  11/14/2012 at 8:23 am

    Heartwarming story! When reading so many sad and horrific stories of animal abuse, these stories can restore the belief that there truly are some amazing animal lovers and compassionate people left in this world. Thank you Officer Smythe

  3. Dave S says on  11/14/2012 at 12:56 pm

    A great man!

  4. Darryl says on  11/14/2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you both Kirsta and Officer Mark!!

  5. Mollie Delsordo says on  11/14/2012 at 7:34 pm

    Mark,Jean sent me this report. Your extended family is very proud of your brave and successful rescue. Mollie

  6. Anonymous says on  11/30/2012 at 1:11 pm

    See, cops are great. Wish I heard more good stories like this about them. It seems the bad ones always make the headlines. How about the cop who bought the shoes for the transient? Thanks Mark!

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