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Friday, September 7, 2012

Hero Dog Saves Doctor Missing In The Woods For 4 Days

Suffolk County, New York - Meet the hero of the day. A Suffolk County police dog name Chase. The 4-year-old German Shepherd lay down beside missing Dr. Jerome Nadler and did not get up until the 76-year-old internist was found by police, even though the dog's handler was calling for him.

"This is a very happy day for me now," Dr. Matthew Nadler told reporters outside Stony Brook Hospital where his father had been airlifted just a few hours earlier. He added, "it's a miraculous story."

"The dog is definitely a hero," chief Richard O'Donnell of New York State Park Police said. "I am awestruck that he was found alive."

The East Setauket doctor had been missing for 72 hours and when he was found about a quarter-mile from a creek that feeds the Nissequogue River.

He was semi-conscious and possibly suffering from exposure. Dr. Nadler was found lying on his back, clothed, able to speak and had a million bug bites on him, according to police.

Doctors say he's in serious condition, dehydrated, but okay.

"He does look like someone who has weathered a lot," said Dr. Frederick Schiavone Stony Brook hospital.

"We don't know what he's been through, but we know it's a lot."

New York State park police used helicopters, boats, divers, foot patrols and dogs to comb the 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park after the doctor didn't return from a solo fly fishing expedition at 11 am Labor Day Morning. And now his family is just so grateful to police and a police dog named chase.

"I would call it miraculous," Dr. Nadler's son added.


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