With his waders on, Eicher stepped out onto the ice, taking a chance on every step. “I just wasn’t thinking. I just wanted to try to rescue the friend of the family,” he said. “It broke and I fell in, and I was probably about 3 and 1/2 feet deep.” He finally reached Bart who had spent an hour and 1/2 in the frigid water. Eicher held the dog close before they were rescued.