Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Good News/ Fri-Yay

Video grab of the moment Lewiston Police Department officer Jonathan Smith jumped into a frozen lake to save a dog near Lewiston, New York, USA.

Here is a good news story from the Good News Network about a police officer saving a dog’s life without considering his own danger. The story is replicated in its entirety.

Officer Jonathan Smith, 30, was called to Bond Lake near Lewiston, New York, after receiving reports of a Labrador falling in about 50 yards from the shore.

In this heart-in-mouth footage captured by a fellow officer’s bodycam, the brave cop throws off some equipment before dashing out onto the ice without any caution for his own safety.

The owner walked the 10-month-old pup around the lake on January 5 when Kona spotted a distant flock of geese landing on the water and bolted towards them.

Horrified, Kona’s owner watched as the dog fell into the freezing water at the edge of the ice.

In an email to Lewiston Police Department, the owner wrote: “Although she is a strong swimmer, there was zero chance of her getting back out onto the ice, and she began to panic and tire quickly.”

Frantically they called 911, and 15 minutes later, Officer Smith and two other officers from the Police Department arrived.

Without hesitation or rescue equipment, the officer removed his vest and gun belt and hustled over the ice towards an exhausted Kona.

When he got close enough to her, Officer Smith grabbed the 75-lb. pooch and pulled her from the water, so she was able to run back over the ice to her owner.

“Kona and I and everybody that loves her are extremely grateful for his selflessness and courage,” the owner wrote. “His professionalism and bravery should be applauded.”

“I have witnessed countless acts of selfless heroism. Officer Jon Smith’s actions rank high in my book.”

Officer Smith was also honored recently for pulling a woman from a burning building in November and has been working at Lewiston Police Department since July 2020.

WATCH the outstanding rescue below…

The good news here is officer Smith knows what ‘To Protect and Serve’ means. Today’s John Ku talks about good people. I hope you enjoy the weekend.
Goodness by John W. Howell © 2022
They come in all sizes,
colors, and social standings . . .
Good folks everywhere.

79 comments

  1. A wonderful, heartwarming story, John, and a beautiful Haiku. Have a wonderful weekend, John and everyone 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. Have a great weekend as well. 😊

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    1. Thanks, Charles,

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  2. This was a wonderful story, John. I love the last line of your JohnKu…so true!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  3. Wonderful story, John. I love your good news Fridays. We need to see more things like this in the mainstream media. (Oh wait, they only like negative stuff.) Lovely Haiku as well.

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    1. Heart warming stories are not part of the mainstream media mission. It is too bad too. Thanks, Joan. 😊

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  4. I’m always astonished at the immediate response of people like the officer. There’s no standing around thinking, “Um… should I? or not?” They just act — which is precisely why they can save people from burning cars and such.

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    1. My dad was a detective in the Detroit police department. I grew up surrounded by brave men with stories like this everyday. I wish the media would tell those stories instead of whatever narrative they are on at the time. Thanks, Linda.

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  5. Such a wonderful story. There are so many good people and good stories in this world. Why do we not hear more about them? Thanks!

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    1. The media does not believe in goodness. Evil doings are more concrete. Thanks, Darlene.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this good news story! That ice looks so thin!!

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    1. I know and I was amazed that the officer was prepared to go through it if need be.

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  7. That was a video worth watching, John. Thank you for bringing us this heartwarming story!

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    1. I loved how there was no hesitation at all on the part of the officer. Thanks, GP. 😊

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      1. Exactly!

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  8. That is a wonderful story.

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    1. It is. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. Good folks are everywhere, John. Thanks for highlighting this one.

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    1. Always a good idea. Thanks, Dan.

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  10. You give me smiles or tears (or both) every Fri-yay. What a wonderful story. God bless that man. We need millions more like him. Thanks, John. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. We do need more like him or maybe more news of people like him. Have a beautiful weekend as well. 😊

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  11. I saw this wonderful story and had to re-watch it. That cop was fearless, to say the least. I am amazed the ice held his weight like that!
    Beautiful haiku to go with.
    Happy Friday to you!

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    1. I think he moved so fast the ice didn’t have a chance to think about it.

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      1. That must be it! 😊

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  12. Wonderful! Love to hear/read such heartwarming stories. Thank you, John

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Karen. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  13. That’s a good person. I look forward to this feature every Friday – thanks, John!

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    1. AW. Thank you, Teri. 😁

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  14. Now that’s what I thought policemen were all about when I as a child. Thanks for sharing John.

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    1. Yes me too, Cheryl. Thanks for the comment.

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  15. Thanks, John. Does this old heart good. 🙂

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    1. Yes. Min too. Thanks, Tim.

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  16. We need good news like this. Love of animals shows how strong the heart is. Great haiku, too, John.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. 😁

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  17. Happy Friday, John! And thanks for spreading the goodness here. This story will make me smile all day long. They are furry angels, our dogs–and I love that this man didn’t think twice about helping one!

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    1. Yes. He was hell bent to save the dog for sure. Thanks Khristine. 😊

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  18. I just love hearing and seeing stuff like this. It reinforces that there ARE plenty of good people in the world, willing to go the extra mile to help others. Your JohnKu says it perfectly, John.

    Thanks for the wonderful, heart-warming share!

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  19. Aw, what a GOOD story! And how refreshing to hear something like this. With all the depressing and disturbing news making the airwaves, it’s great to see something positive. Thanks, John!

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    1. I agree, Debbie. So good to see stuff like this.

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  20. Awwwww, what an amazing rescue story! You are so right, John, there are good people everywhere! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. We should look for them and avoid the others.

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  21. Yes, good folks everywhere. I saw this on the news and it lifted my heart!

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    1. Mine too. Thanks, Noelle

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  22. He is the epitome of what a good officer should be.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Pamela.

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  23. Thanks for getting me all teary first thing in the morning!

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    1. My job is done here, 😁

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  24. I need a tissue! What a hero Officer Smith is! 🥰

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  25. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Heartwarming and inspirational, John. Thank you so much for sharing. When I lived upstate NY, I feared one of my kids would fall through the ice because they were fearless. Thank goodness, there are heroes everywhere. Loved your haiku! 😍

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    1. Yes we need to honor the heroes. Thank you, Gwen

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  26. No geese, dogs, or police where harmed in the telling of this story. However the serenity of the frozen lake was badly shattered. Temporarily that is… You will have that with breaking news. Good breaking news. Just make sure the editor reviews the title before they publish it.

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    1. Thank you for the advice. 😁

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  27. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I love this story! I saw it earlier felt so much in those actions.

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  28. WOW!

    That video is hairy as all get out to watch, even when you know Kona ends up being saved. Big time props to Officer Smith, who was hauling ass to get out there. Amazing to watch someone just go, with no consideration for their own wellbeing.

    Here’s to the good guys

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    1. It thrilled me as well. To the good guys. 🥃

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      1. I’ll toast to that.

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  29. petespringerauthor · ·

    Thanks for sharing, John. Who knows how many other acts of kindness will come from this officer’s actions?

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    1. I think there are more than we hear about. Editor says, “a sorry about a good cop?” Reporter says, “Yup.” Editor says, “Forget it. The boss want more defund stuff.”

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  30. Awww, what a heartwarming story, John! As someone owned by a chocolate Lab, my heart was in my throat for this poor dog, owner and brave officer. Need to hear more stories like this. Thank you for sharing….

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    1. It was a good one, Lori. Thanks I’m glad you liked it. 😁

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  31. A wonderful story and a great example of how first responders act for the benefit of others. Cheers to your tribute through a JohnKu.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. 😊

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  32. Wonderful post, John and followed up by a perfect JohnKu!
    Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Resa. I appreciate your visits in spite of the pressing dishes issue.

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      1. Well, pressing is an issue as well, but if it’s an Art Gown, it’s kind of satisfying.
        I don’t usually iron the dishes.

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      2. Yeah I get that. 🤣

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  33. One of your best JohnKu posts!!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  34. Brave officer. I’m glad that both made it out okay. A much better story than the typical pessimist bent of news for sure, John. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, that’s why I chose it. Thanks, Mark

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