January 19, 2016 When an officer passes on duty there is great respect and showing of support throughout the Law Enforcement Community. Such a display is uncommon for K-9’s unless the animal has provided exceptional service such as K-9 Jethro had. Recently 3 Officers from the N.Y.P.D. were going to the services to pay respects to K-9 Jethro.Passing through the State of Pennsylvania during a very bad winter storm on their way to Canton, Ohio Officers Benny Colecchia, Daniel Rich, and Matt Wizelinski left New York City around 2:30 A.M.
They told Fox8 when they left New York City the roads were fine. As they drove a bit further they hit snow and then ice. “It was all black ice, we were slipping and sliding,”Colecchia said.
As they closed on the Ohio boarder they saw an overturned Ambulette on the side of the road and attempted to stop to see if they could render assistance but were unable to navigate the roads themselves at the time stating: “We couldn’t even stop,” Colecchia recalled. “We had to stop a quarter mile up the road and run back to the accident scene. It was so icy I just slid down the hill.”
When they finally arrived they did indeed find a woman in a wheel chair who was trapped inside the overturned vehicle. They knew that they had equipment inside their own vehicle that could be of assistance in freeing the woman.
“Benny went inside and was able to get her out,” said Rich. “We stayed until emergency crews could arrive.” Wizelinski said the three were just glad they could help. “It was funny because everyone kept asking why is NYPD here,” Colecchia said with a smile.