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An 81-year-old man was saved from drowning by his dog after his wheelchair slid down...

An 81-year-old man was saved from drowning by his dog after his wheelchair slid down a grass embankment and into a lake. 
Harry Smith, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, was walking his nine-year-old beagle mix, Sarah, in his neighborhood last week when his electric wheelchair lost traction and slid down a bank, causing him to flip into the water, according to the local police department’s Facebook post. 
‘I tried to back around to get out of it and it went straight back instead and right down the embankment and dumped me right in the water,’ he told WPTV of the moment his wheelchair got stuck. 

Harry Smith, 81, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, was saved by his dog, Sarah, after his electric wheelchair slid down a grass embankment and flipped him into a lake 

As Smith yelled for help, Sarah started barking and attracted the attention of Edward Suhling and Aby ‘Jacob’ Chacko

Smith, who can’t swim, yelled for help as he struggled to stay afloat. 
Sarah sensed something was wrong and started barking loudly, attracting the attention of Edward Suhling and Aby ‘Jacob’ Chacko.
‘The dog was splashing in the water,’ Suhling, 58, explained to the TCPalm, the local newspaper. ‘So we both ran over here and I jumped in the water, and my buddy grabbed his arms and I grabbed his legs and we got him up on shore.’
Chacko, 49, said he was able to flag down Officer Adam Doty for help while they were running toward the scene.  

Suhling (pictured) told WPTV that only Smith’s head was above the water when they pulled him out with the help of Officer Adam Doty

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Suhling added that Sarah was the ‘the real hero that day,’ explaining he hadn’t heard Smith yelling, only the dog barking

Only Smith’s head was above the water when the three men came to his rescue thanks to his dog.    
‘You could just see it in his face,’ Suhling said. ‘He thought he was dying.’  
He added that Sarah was the ‘the real hero that day,’ explaining he hadn’t heard Smith yelling, only the dog barking.   
After receiving medical attention on the scene, Smith was deemed well enough to return home, but his electric wheelchair had been damaged by the water. 

After receiving medical attention on the scene, Smith was deemed well enough to return home, but his electric wheelchair had been damaged by the water

Doty and a member of the St. Lucie County Fire District pushed Smith back to his house while his dog trotted next to them

‘I love her, always have, always will,’ Smith said of his four-legged rescuer 

Doty and a member of the St. Lucie County Fire District pushed him back to his house while his dog trotted next to them. 
Smith has had Sarah for seven years, and he couldn’t help but gush about his furry rescuer.  
‘She’s such a good dog. Everybody in this neighborhood loves her, they all look out for her,’ he told WPTV, adding that Sarah was rewarded with a treat.  
‘I love her, always have, always will.’
It was undoubtedly an eventful week for Officer Doty, who welcomed a newborn with his wife a few days after he helped save Smith’s life. 

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