(Meredith) -- A Michigan mother of three drowned in a freezing pond while trying to save her dog that fell through the ice, police said. 

Tracy Cashman, 38, had been walking her dog at Battjes Park, across from her home in Wyoming, Michigan, when the canine fell into the icy pond around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Tracy Cashman's dog

Tracy Cashman's Goldendoodle, Lola, is pictured in this undated photo.

Cashman attempted to save her Goldendoodle, named Lola, but plunged into the frigid water after the ice beneath her feet cracked, WWMT reported.

About 30 minutes later, Cashman's dog returned home without her. Her family searched the park for hours to no avail. Police later discovered Cashman's body in the icy pond just after midnight Sunday. 

Cashman's mother, Rhonda Moore, said her daughter was the kind of person to help anyone in need.

"Whether it was her dog, somebody else's dog, a child -- it would be instinct. She would just do it," Moore told WWMT. 

Cashman had been an employee of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools for 15 years. Her most current role was listed as an administrative assistant with the operations and transporation services.

"She loved her job, she loved everybody she worked with it.. especially the kids," her mother said. 

The district announced there would be a half-day on Monday to mourn Cashman.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you of a recent loss to the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools community. Ms. Tracy Cashman, employee and parent, passed away Saturday night due to an accident. Because of this sudden loss, GLPS will have a half-day on Monday, December 10,” the school district wrote in a Facebook post.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday to confirm Cashman’s cause of death.

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(2) comments

TaylorSwiftFan

She gave her life saving her poor dog in desperate need! Heaven will have a very good place for her! May God Bless her for the good deed she did!

nuusmaan

So very sad, tragic. If only words could comfort her family through this terrible time. It sounds like she valued life and was willing to sacrifice for others. What a loss.

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