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Patient recovering and search continues for missing dog following accident

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS DOG? Teddy, a tan Pomeranian mix, went missing after his owner was injured in a serious car crash this past Sunday, April 17. Pictured here at the crash site, he ran off; heís been spotted here and there, but the family is seeking the publicís assistance if finding the dog and bringing him home. Mellisa Ferland - Contributor. (click for larger version)
April 22, 2010
OSSIPEE — A Conway woman is considered very lucky to be alive after the 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck she was driving plunged into the Lovell River Sunday morning in West Ossipee.

Jennifer Schiavone, 38, of Conway was taken to Huggins Hospital and then airlifted to Maine Medical Center where she remains as of press time. According to her daughter, Rachel Walsh, Schiavone's thigh was badly injured by a piece of the guardrail that tore through the truck's cab. Schiavone also suffered several broken bones including her scapula and sternum as well as extensive bruising. She was set to undergo another surgery on her leg Tuesday.

Walsh received the phone call about her mother's accident while at Memorial Hospital in North Conway visiting her father who was involved in a serious accident on Tamworth Road in Tamworth the afternoon of April 17. Jeffrey Walsh remains in the hospital as of press time recovering from broken ribs and facial injuries received when his Jeep Cherokee went off the road and crashed into a tree.

With both of her parents in the hospital, Walsh is trying to get the word out about her mother's dog who ran from the Ossipee crash site after being rescued from the submerged pickup. Teddy, a tan Pomeranian mix has been spotted several times by searchers along the railroad tracks in Ossipee. According to Walsh, the dog is very skittish around other people other than its owner. Walsh planned to go to the crash site Tuesday to set out some of her mother's clothing out to try to lure the dog with the scent. Walsh has contacted several news outlets to get the word out about the missing dog.

To the rescue

The men who jumped into the frigid water Sunday morning and freed Schiavone from her vehicle and kept her head above water while waiting for rescuers to arrive are being hailed as heroes by the community.

All traveling in separate vehicles and who happened to be at the scene at just the right time were 15-year-old Cody Nason, and Dan Kurzawa of Ossipee and an unidentified third man. Several other motorists stopped to render aid in the form of offering blankets from their cars or carrying rescue equipment.

A very humble Nason told this reporter he didn't even think about running across Route 16 when he saw smoke coming from under the bridge and jumped out of his dad's car while it was still moving. Nason, a freshman at Kingswood High School, said the truck was filling with water and the only thought was to get Schiavone out. Once they got her head above water and noticed her leg injury, they waited until rescuers arrived while reassuring her that help was on the way.

Center Ossipee and West Ossipee Fire Departments were called to the scene. First in wetsuits and in the water were COFD firefighters Dana Cullen, Jr., Kelly O'Connell and Nate Williams. Rescue was swift as, according to reports, the first call to 911 came in at 8:09 am. Within 17 minutes rescuers arrived, Schiavone was removed from the water, carried up the embankment, loaded into the Medstar's ambulance and en route to the hospital.

Route 16 was closed to one lane for a period and then completely shut down for just over an hour while Crowell's removed the truck from the water and hauled it away. Crews worked to clean debris out of the water and booms were placed in the water to prevent oil and other fluids from contaminating the river.

Any witnesses to the accident or anyone having any information about Schiavone's missing dog are asked to call Ossipee Police Department at 539-2011.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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