Evanston firefighters this morning rescued a woman and her dog who’d fallen through thin ice on the retention pond on the Northwestern campus.

Officials are crediting firefighter-paramedic Jennifer Lobianco with rescuing both the woman and the dog. They had fallen in about 40 feet from the shore shortly before 8 a.m. on a morning when air temperatures were near zero.

Evanston firefighters this morning rescued a woman and her dog who’d fallen through thin ice on the retention pond on the Northwestern campus.

Officials are crediting firefighter-paramedic Jennifer Lobianco with rescuing both the woman and the dog. They had fallen in about 40 feet from the shore shortly before 8 a.m. on a morning when air temperatures were near zero.

The woman, who reportedly was about 50 years old, was taken by ambulance to Evanston Hospital, suffering from injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Was the dog running off leash?
    The story doesn’t say how it this happened, but I can’t imagine intentionally walking my dog on the cooling pond, even it looked frozen.

    From the number of rescue vehicles present it must have been a really expensive rescue…

    Reply:
    Dog apparently was off leash. See the follow up story.
    — Bill

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