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‘She died a hero’

Wakefield community ‘nurturer’ died saving beloved dog


Ellen Drblik was more than a dog lover, she considered her dogs to be family. And when a family member’s life is in danger, there’s only one choice: risk your own life to save the one you love.


On New Year’s Eve, longtime Gatineau Hills resident Drblik left her Farrellton home to save one of her beloved Newfoundland dogs, Sailor, which had fallen through the ice on the Gatineau River nearby.


Ellen Drblik seen here in a photo from around 2000 with Diva, one of her many beloved Newfoundland dogs that she bred and raised at her Farrellton home near the Gatineau River. Photo courtesy Evan Johnston
Ellen Drblik seen here in a photo from around 2000 with Diva, one of her many beloved Newfoundland dogs that she bred and raised at her Farrellton home near the Gatineau River. Photo courtesy Evan Johnston