WOBURN, MASS. (WHDH) - An Amazon delivery driver sprang into action to save a 14-year-old husky from drowning after he fell into a pool in Woburn earlier this month.
John Cassabria was delivering packages on Aug. 6 when an alarming noise prompted him to get out of his van, an Amazon spokesperson said.
“What I heard didn’t even sound like a dog. It didn’t,” he said. “It sounded like an alarm going off.”
He walked toward a fence and noticed a dog’s snout barely sticking up from the water of an inground swimming pool.
Cassabria dove into the pool and noticed that the dog couldn’t get out himself because he was elderly and exhausted from trying to stay afloat.
“I had my shoes on, I had a watch on, phone, wallet, everything in my pocket,” he said. “None of that mattered in the moment, all of that’s replaceable, a life isn’t and I just went in.”
While neck-deep in the pool, Cassabria hoisted the dog to safety.
The property owners happened to be vacationing on Cape Cod, so Cassabria sat with the pup for an hour-and-a-half until animal control arrived.
The animal control representative who responded coincidentally lives nearby and knew the homeowners, so they phoned them to let them know their dog had been rescued from nearly drowning in their pool.
“He doesn’t go near the water, so he had to trip,” homeowner Gary Caldwell said
Cassabria spoke with owner Julie Caldwell on the phone and she thanked him for saving her 14-year-old husky, Luka. She later wrote a note of gratitude to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“Animals are my life and I can’t imagine what I’d do if my dog was in Luka’s situation,” Cassabria said. “I love working as an Amazon delivery driver and I am so thankful the universe placed me in a position to save Luka’s life.”
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