Rudy has lived along the Saco for most of his life and knows the dangers that exist beneath the seemingly placid ice covering the surface. It varies greatly in thickness, leading to thin areas not always visible to those above. When he saw the teens on the ice, Rudy immediately recognized the danger they were in and called the police department, which dispatched officers Brownell and Hardiman.
By the time Brownell arrived, the two teens had broken through the ice about 20-25 feet from shore in water over their heads and had just managed to extricate themselves. Had they not done so, Rudy's timely call to the police might have been the difference between life and death.
These two youngsters learned a valuable lesson about the treacherousness of spring ice, and Rudy earned the thanks of Officer Hardiman for his attentiveness and quick call to authorities.