Hartford Fire Department rescued a dog that wandered off a hiking trail and was stuck on a cliff at the Quechee Gorge on Friday afternoon.
The rescue effort that took about 45 minutes as firefighters helped a black labrador named Rani, off the edge and back to owners Neel Madan, and daughter Ella, of Concord, Mass.
“I can’t tell you how great these guys are,” said Madan of the firefighters.
“Initially there was some confusion and we were told it was a man on a cliff,” said Hartford Fire Captain Scott Cooney. “It wasn’t until the first crew got there that they found the people were alright and it was a dog that was stuck.”
A crowd gathered on the eastern side of the gorge with a direct view of the rescue unfolding on the other side.
“We sent firefighter Keith Morse over the edge from a point where the dog was only about 15 feet below on a secondary ledge,” Cooney explained, adding, “The dog happened to be wearing a full harness (for a leash) so Keith clipped the dog onto his gear and when they got back up to the point where it could walk on its own it just climbed the rest of the way out.”
“You could hear the cheering from the other side when they came up over the edge,” Cooney recalled.Ella Madan rides on the shoulders of her father, Neel, while they walk their dog Rani off the Quechee Gorge walking trail. (Phil Camp Photo)