TEENAGER Dean Allen spared no thought for his own safety as he jumped in the river to rescue the family dog from drowning.
The Portland pupil had to pump his 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s chest and blow up his nose to resuscitate him.
Dean was walking with a friend along the River Ryton when the much-loved pet, named Bronk, leapt into the water.
Dean’s quick thinking proved crucial as the lead got tangled up and Bronk began to struggle for air.
The 15-year-old from Edinburgh Road, Worksop, then saw the dog begin to dip under water.
“We were walking by the river and he jumped in because he saw another dog. The lead was still around his neck and he went under water,” he said.
“I jumped in but his lead was caught, so I tried to get him free and eventually was able to pull him up.”
“I didn’t think, I just jumped in.”
He added: “He is one of the family.”
Dean has been attending First Aid classes with St John Ambulance since October, where he learnt how to give CPR.
His mum Julie Allen, 47, said she was very proud of him.
“At first I thought my son was making it up, but when I saw the dog he did look ill,” she said.
“We kept an eye on him through the night then in the early hours of Sunday morning, he wasn’t breathing properly.”
Julie took Bronk to the vets in Sheffield, where he was kept in an oxygen tent overnight.
He was given medication and released, Julie now says he is recovering well.
“Bronk is not as bouncy as he normally is but he is on the mend,” she said.
“I am just so proud of my son for what he has done, he was at danger going in the water.”
“The dog was under for a long time, when my son eventually got him out, he was unconscious so he had to start pumping his chest.”
“Bronk threw up some water and it saved the dog’s life.”
The boys were walking back from the Canch, where they were playing in the fountains.
“Bronk likes the water,” Dean added.