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Rutland Man Drowns Trying to Save Dog

A Rutland, Vermont, man died April 8 when he fell through the ice on Leffert's Pond off Wildcat Road in Chittenden.

Vermont State Police said William R. Graf, 93, went onto the ice to rescue his Jack Russell terrier a little before 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he fell through the ice about 50 yards from shore.

A witness told police the dog had run onto the frozen surface of the pond and became stuck. Graf went onto the ice to save his dog.

Detective David Pfindel, of the VSP, said witnessed said Graf was laying flat on the ice to try to distribute his weight, but still fell through. He was unable to get out of the water.

Police said the dog also died.