Every good dog owner considers his pet one family member and when your loyal friend, one day, goes missing, you freak out and every scary thought comes to your mind.

Don Chatten,49, was walking in the Bark Par at Ellicott Creek Park, when he found a desperate man looking for his dog.

Don quickly joined the owner to help in search of the missing dog. Soon, Don’s two dogs were able to track down the pup – the tiny dog was stranded in icy water.

Don immediately called 911, but, he told WKBW, he was panicked. He knew the dog wouldn’t survive much longer, so Don jumped in.

First, he tried to crawl over the ice to the creature. Then he broke the ice with his forearm and rushed out in the waist-deep water to grab the dog.

“I knew it wasn’t real deep in this part because I use to come here when I was a kid,” Chatten said.

Thankfully, he managed to save the animal and bring it back to dry land. The owner rushed the freezing dog to the vet. The Terrier mix, named Jackson, had been missing in the area for some time.

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Don tried to warm himself up in his car afterwards, not realizing that a woman had taken pictures of the rescue operation.

Once the photos spread on the internet, Don’s quick thinking and selfless act was praised all over the world.

Many called him a hero, but Don is humble and doesn’t want any attention.

“That’s not what I’m looking for. I would do it again, if it happened again tomorrow. I am a dog lover and do not want a dog injured.”

Thank you Don for being so brave! Share this article with all your friends to honor Don Chatten.