Officer Joe Brazil is always available to help, in fact, he didn’t even hesitate when it came to rescuing a poor dog in need.
It all started when a woman named Peggy Edwards saw a terrified Yorkshire terrier puppy running away from a passing vehicle, into a tunnel under the road. The tunnel had a small stream running through it, which made Peggy concerned that the pup might drown.
She later told her side of the story via a Facebook post: “April 30th, a little dog was running free and was frightened by a passing car. It ran into a tunnel that a nearby brook flows through. She was stuck about 20-25 ft. in and was clinging to the side.”
And the first thing the dog did was run off to hide inside a tunnel.
Her instincts told her that she needed to save the little dog but she was hesitant.
She was concerned that she might scare the poor dog and it might go deeper into the tunnel. That’s when she thought of an idea.
She immediately called the Woonsocket Police to ask for help, and she wasn’t disappointed.
After a few minutes, Officer Joe Brazil showed up and was more than willing to help: “He went in without hesitation and came out with a very wet, scared little dog. Great guy, Lucky dog. We are very happy he was able to save the little gal”, Peggy continued to describe the event on her Facebook post.
In a later interview with WJAR NBC10, the kind cop recalled his moment of heroism: As I got closer, I could see Cece just clinging to the side and just shaking, (The dog was) very, very frightened.
Seeing how frightened she was, the Officer was extra careful not to scare the little dog deeper into the tunnel.
What he did next was amazing!
A little bit into the tunnel, when he was close enough to the scared dog, he let her smell his hand and once Cece was calm, that’s when he picked her up!
It just seemed like she was almost saying thank you. Like she knew I was there to help, Officer Brazil recalled.
But while the daring rescue mission was taking place on one side of town, the pooch’s mother, Michelle Perez, was in the midst of a search mission on the other side.
According to Michelle, she received Cece from her mother in law a day before she escaped. She’s only 5 months old. I wasn’t able to sleep, Perez said: All I kept doing was just driving around, calling her.
Thanks to one observant woman and a determined kind-hearted cop, the daring rescue mission turned out to be successful, and the puppy was finally reunited with her mother.
Learn more about the full story and interview with Officer Brazil here: