Lenoir firefighters performed an unlikely rescue on Wednesday morning, saving a terrified deer that was trapped in a creek.
Firefighter Billy Safford said that the deer, a young buck, was trapped between logs in Lower Creek near Taylorsville Road.
“Witnesses said they seen it come across (N.C.) 18,” he said.
Firefighter Hunter Winkler said that firefighters cut a fallen tree out of the way to free the deer, but it was scared and exhausted, and it headed back into the creek and got stuck again.
That time, they attached a rope to the deer’s antlers and led it out of the creek, setting it free in a field.
Firefighter Cassidy Auton said that the rescue allowed the firefighters to use skills they don’t normally get to use.
“(We) got to do some rescue stuff and work on our knots,” she said.
Firefighter Blake Chandler said that where they freed the deer was “as close to a bedding area as possible,” a place where the deer could potentially rest after its scare.
Firefighter Scott Frost said that the deer “didn’t look like he was hurt too bad at all.”
They were called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. by Lenoir Police Officer Derek Brown, who had been contacted about the deer by someone else. The call was a first for all of them.
Capt. Mike Clark said that in his decades as a firefighter, he had never rescued a deer.
“Thirty-two years, and that’s a first,” he said.
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