Mother of three drowns while trying to rescue dog from icy waters


WYOMING, MI (WCMH) — A Michigan woman has died while trying to save her dog that fell through the ice during a walk.

Tracy Cashman gave her life, trying to save her dog from freezing to death.

“Whether it was her dog, someone’s dog, a child; she would do it without instinct,” Cashman’s mother Rhonda Moore told WWMT

Moore says Cashman went to take her golden doodle, Lola, out for a walk.

“It was a quick trip, she didn’t have her jacket, didn’t take her phone. She must have let the dog off her leash, and the dog ran out in the back pond on the ice,” said Moore.

The family says Lola returned home, soaking wet.

“She came back on the leash, and no Tracy,” Moore told WWMT

Wyoming police say Cashman died after accidentally falling through the ice, while trying to rescue her dog.

Her body was discovered after first responders performed a cold water rescue.

Authorities say this accident serves as a reminder for people to be careful while on ice.

“She wouldn’t have walked out in normal circumstances. She was just being here. That was her,” said Moore.

Cashman leaves behind three children.

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