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02-01-09, 08:58 PM #1
Kalama, WA cop in deep doo-doo to rescue dog from sewer tank
The Daily News Online > Area News > Kalama cop digs deep to rescue dog from sewer tank
Thursday, January 29, 2009 11:00 AM PST
By Amy M.E. Fischer
A Kalama police officer soiled his uniform rescuing a stray dog from drowning in tank of sewage at the city’s sewage treatment plant Tuesday when the water-loving pup dove in for a swim.
No one was hurt, but both parties required extensive bathing afterward, said Kalama Police Chief Bruce Hall.
“The officer did his duty in someone else’s doody,” Hall cracked Tuesday evening.
Kalama police officer Jeff Skeie on Wednesday looks over the wall into a sewage treatment pond from
which he rescued a stray dog Tuesday. Next to him is Sadie, a Labrador Retriever who had the sense
not to follow the other dog into the 145,000-gallon tank of bio-solids.
Bill Wagner / The Daily News
Tuesday afternoon, Officer Jeff Skeie (pronounced “Shay-ah”) was on kennel-cleaning duty at the city’s small animal shelter. Skeie, a former Castle Rock city councilman who has been with the Kalama police force three years, allowed two dogs out of their pens into the fenced yard to exercise and play together.
One of the dogs was a young, energetic chocolate Labrador retriever police had picked up as a stray about two weeks earlier. The Lab was scheduled to be adopted out that afternoon.
Skeie, strolling the fenced area with that dog and another Lab named Sadie, noticed that the sewage level in the treatment plant’s sewage digester seemed higher than usual.
He walked over to investigate.
The digester is a large, rectangular tank of about 12- to 15-feet deep in which city residents’ solid waste is collected and treated. In the digester, bio-solids are given time for micro-organisms to eat any “food” (waste) before further treatment. Tuesday, the digester was at full capacity, according to the city’s waste waster treatment plant operator.
Standing on her hind legs, Sadie put her paws on the 4-foot-high concrete wall and peered over at the pool of sewage 2 feet below, the 45-year-old police officer recounted Wednesday.
The chocolate Lab bounded up the steps leading to the digester. Skeie hollered at him to stop, but the dog flung himself joyfully into the brown soup “just like any dog jumping into a swimming pool,” the officer said.
The dog started paddling, but because the tank is pumped with air bubbles, he wasn’t buoyant. Only his head and front paws were visible as he struggled to swim in the foamy liquid.
Skeie leaned over the wall on his stomach and managed to grab the sinking dog’s ear. He pulled the dog to the wall and hauled him out by the scruff of the neck, smearing “bio-solids” all over the sleeves of his uniform.
Then the wet dog shook himself vigorously, spraying Skeie head to toe in liquid sewage.
“It doesn’t taste that good, either,” said the good-natured Skeie, who, fortunately, is up-to-date on his hepatitis vaccines.
The not-so-sweet smelling officer gave himself and the dog a quick rinse at the outdoor faucet before going home for a long shower. About an hour later, the stray dog’s new adoptive owner, Gretchen Procop, arrived to take the chocolate Lab home.
She named him “Hershey.”
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02-01-09, 10:28 PM #2
Oh man....that guy has a medal coming. One of my motor cops jumped into a farm poop pool used to fertilize the silage they grow each year for the dairy cows. The pool is about 150 feet square and about 8 feet deep. A visitor to the farm got on the wrong road and crashed into the pool. The motor officer shed his gunbelt and jumped in to rescue the mom and a small child. He got the Medal of Valor for that one and he had it coming.
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02-01-09, 11:01 PM #3
As Ofc. Skeie has demonstrated, sometimes it's just not easy being the poolice. Good job, sir.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
02-02-09, 07:19 AM #4
Yeah, I got nothing pun wise.
02-02-09, 11:42 AM #5
Skeie is hoping to get a pay raise out of this. That way he can afford to get rid of his extra shit job.CHIRP! CHIRP!
02-02-09, 02:55 PM #6
02-02-09, 03:40 PM #7
02-02-09, 04:06 PM #8
Great job! Hate off to you sir!Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
02-02-09, 04:09 PM #9Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
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