The owner of a dog rescued by Wellesley firefighters Sunday after it fell into the icy water of the Charles River stopped by the Central Square firehouse this morning to thank the rescuers and drop off homemade Christmas cookies.
Other firefighters from the main station rode down to join Amy Kapinos and her golden retriever, Crosby. The small crowd gathered at about 9 a.m., said Wellesley Fire Captain Jim Dennehy.
“I just wanted to highlight them and thank them,” said Kapinos, 53. “They put their lives on the line every day. There’s no ‘thank you’ big enough.”
Kapinos, a Wellesley resident and Kindergarten teacher, also gave the firefighters a gift card to a local deli, Dennehy said.
“It was nice of her,” he said. “It’s nice when someone appreciates what you do.”
Firefighters raced to the Elm Bank Reservation Sunday when Crosby ran away from Kapinos and onto the river, falling through the ice, Dennehy said. Firefighters treaded through the water and brought Crosby, who had been swimming in circles, back to the shore.
“Once they arrived I felt so much more relieved,” said Kapinos. As for Crosby, “she fine and happy to be home,” Kapinos said.
Kapinos also wanted to thank police and 911 dispatchers for assisting and keeping her calm while Crosby was still in the water.
“I think we’ll wait to walk there till spring,” she said.
“The story really blew up,” said Dennehy. The fire chief has been receiving emails from all over the world, and a woman from Chicago wants to buy the department lunch next week in honor of the rescue.