Everyday Heroes of Lenawee County Honored by Catherine Cobb Safe House

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Shaun Maki was getting ready for work in January 2022 when he heard a high-pitched cry and realized that it was a dog in trouble.

He decided to call off work and go looking for the dog, which had gone silent after an hour of whimpering.

The dog had fallen through the ice at Standish Pond in Tecumseh, Mich., and Maki saw two eyes staring back at him.

He tried calling out to the dog, but she couldn't move because she was covered in ice.

Maki called 911, and officers Paul Wolf and Tom Gilbert arrived within 15 minutes, which freed the dog and she was able to swim back to shore.

They wrapped the dog in a blanket and transported her to a clinic for evaluation and later returned to her owner, who was beyond thankful for everyone who helped save her dog.

Community Hero: Rudy Flores.

Flores is a lifelong resident of Adrian who was raised in a family that promoted kindness, caring, and hospitality.

Along with serving the local migrant community, Flores works for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' program staff member, which he says is where his heart is.

Animal Rescue: Shaun Maki and Tecumseh police Sgt.

Jeff Wright.

Wright slid out on the ice and fell through, which freed the dog and she

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