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01/13/2014 05:22 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Boston Firefighter Rescues Siberian Husky From Ice-Covered Bay (PHOTOS)

Firefighters man, they just have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Sylvie, a 13-year-old Siberian husky, was playing with her owner and accidentally ran across a patch of ice covering Boston's Pleasure Bay last week, falling through. Sean P. Coyle, a firefighter with South Boston's Ladder 19, jumped to the rescue, donning a safety suit and hopping in a rescue basket to help the pooch escape the frigid waters, according to a report from the Boston Herald.

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During the rescue, Coyle fell in himself, telling the Herald that his first instinct was to make sure to save Sylvie. “If the ice breaks and this goes south, I’m in this," he said. "I’m not going to let her drown."

The story's made headlines around the country, with many praising the firefighter as a hero, and we'd have to agree.

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