Two people and one very special dog came into the Mayor’s Parlour on Wednesday 28th September to receive commendations from the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Jim Kenyon. The Times covered the story a year ago when Mr Alderson fell into the River Wye whilst walking his two dogs. He was in serious trouble in very cold water when Wispa, a chocolate Labrador jumped back into the water to retrieve him. He held onto her as she pulled him to the bank. As he was unable to climb the bank he had to stay in the water, getting colder by the minute. Martin Green, a neighbour, threw his coat over him, and the got into the water to help him. A passing rower, Peter Knight, the President of Hereford Rowing Club then came over to help, with both men holding onto his boat until the Fire and Rescue Service could complete the rescue.
In giving both Mr Knight ad Mr Green their certificates, presenting Wispa with hers with the bonus of a large dog treat, the Mayor said “The City Council are very keen to see more use of the river for sport and leisure. We are also working with the Fire Service to get slipways cleared and set up to make rescues quicker and save more lives. Without his dog and these two gentlemen Mr Alderson might well not have survived his fall and on behalf of the City I thank them all for what they did that day.”
Editor’s note :
Further information about plans to develop the river in Hereford are available from the Mayor or the Town Clerk
Issued by the Mayor’s Office, The Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall on 29th September 2016