On Thursday, Florida's Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from Cody's owner. Somehow, the dog had gotten himself trapped in a swamp, and judging from his desperate cries, was helpless in returning to drier land without assistance.
Fortunately for Cody, Deputy Matt Patellis soon arrived to help.
After stripping off his uniform, Patellis proceeded to wade into the foreboding waters — a potential hangout for alligators — with one goal in mind: Save Cody. And after cajoling the frightened canine, that's exactly what he did.
Here's a video of the rescue: