Deer Rescued From Storm Drain

Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company members rescue newborn fawn trapped in storm drain, baby reunited with its mother

It wasn't an ordinary call Friday night for the members of the Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company.

A Silver Ridge Park resident called police around 11 p.m., after she heard an animal crying in a storm drain at the intersection of Westport Drive and Oakfield Road, said Manitou Park Fire Chief Will Jubert.

When firefighters arrived, they quickly determined that a newborn fawn had fallen through the grate of a storm drain. The fawn's mother was hovering nearby, he said.

"She wasn't happy," Jubert said. "She was about a block away."

Firefighters used pry bars and a few other tools to open the grate and pull it back, he said.

Then firefighter Kevin Curry descended a ladder and rescued the fawn, which was sitting in about six inches of water. He wrapped the baby deer up and came back up the ladder.

"It didn't really appear to be hurt," Jubert said. "But it was probably a newborn. It could barely walk. It had a rough first day."

While firefighters replaced the grate, the mother deer appeared and the two "went off together," he said.

The fire company has rescued animals from storm drains before, but this was the first deer, Jubert said.

"We do ducks every year," he said. "We did have a puppy we saved. But never a deer."

FRan June 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Forgot to say thankyou to tou all for your job well done!!
Pat S. June 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
What a heartwarming story- thanks to the volunteers!
Wolf June 05, 2012 at 05:36 AM
EXCELLENT JOB!!! So nice to hear happy endings!
marc June 05, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Great story. Thanks for getting my day to start off with a smile! Nice job Fire Dept!
animalheart June 08, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Well, how nice and thanks to the rescuers for actually saving that little life and just not caring it's just an animal. Good job in caring.


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