Video: Deer Life! It's the Emergency Team to the Rescue
In a scene that could be straight out of a Hollywood flick, a number of police, fire and animal control workers came to the aid of a deer after it fell through the ice. Three firefighters braved the frigid waters to save the 18-month-old deer fell through the ice in a frozen pond in South Amboy, New Jersey.
About 22 emergency vehicles arrived on the scene after being first spotted by South Amboy Animal Control. It was in the freezing water for at least 90 minutes before being rescued by the Sayreville Fire Department's ice rescue team. The deer was in a panic, but eventually got so tired and weak making the rescue easy.
The Fire Department has only been training for ice rescues for two years and this was the first time they dove into action. They'd never trained for an animal rescue and never thought that their first victim would be a deer.
After being pulled out, they warmed him up and released him back into the woods 30 minutes later. The whole amazing rescue was captured on tape. It was half an hour of pure drama, playing out on live TV. In response to a few adverse comments on social media, Chief John Kelly, South Amboy Fire Department had this to say: "At the end of the day, a life is a life." How true!