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Former U.S. Marine Matt Duckham says that Tuesday, Patches the Family Dog, fell through the ice of the pond at the family home in Jackson County's Columbia Township. Duckham's mom tried to save the 8 month old German shepherd, but she fell through, too.

Duckham went after the two of them, but the ice broke beneath him, too, so he implemented a tactic learned in the Marines, which is to slash at the ice with your forearms until you hit ice that's strong enough to support you.

By the time rescue crews got there, Duckham had already hauled his mother and dog out of the pond.