Great Samaritans

To the Editor:

I am writing to say thank you to four great Samaritans who helped rescue our family’s dog from drowning.

On Sunday, May 22, my five-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I took our dog Ozzie for a walk on East Chop Beach. He chased a mallard through the dunes and into the water. He ignored our calls and pursued the duck, swimming very far offshore.

Dr. McNulty and three of his friends were driving by and saw us in distress as we ran from the harbor end of the beach onto the East Chop Beach Club dock and into the abutting parking lot frantically calling to the dog.

One of the four broke Ozzie’s attention from the duck by whistling. Our beloved dog gave up his pursuit and began swimming back to shore. With the help of our heroes, I climbed down the seawall and waded in to help the dog back to land. I know in my heart that our dog would have continued swimming to the point of exhaustion and that without the help of these four amazing individuals our dog would have drowned.

In today’s busy world, it is easy to turn away from trouble. I am grateful that these four people stopped to help save our dog. I am proud that we live in a community where people take the time to help their neighbors and in a place where four-leggeds are so loved. Thank you from the Murphy Family.

Lisa, Hannah, and Ozzie MurphyEdgartown