Firefighters brave icy water to save deer

Monticello firefighters brave the icy water to save the life of a deer on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo Provided/Monticello Fire Department)
Monticello firefighters brave the icy water to save the life of a deer on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo Provided/Monticello Fire Department)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Monticello firefighters fought the ice Tuesday to save the life of a deer.

The Monticello Fire Department responded to a report of a deer in the water, which was trapped by ice. Officers reported to an area just off North Beach Drive in Monticello, Ind.

Firefighters John Huff and Cole Gilbert entered onto the ice and then swam to the deer. They were able to safely pull the deer to shore and turned it over to White County Sheriff’s Office Animal Warden Pat Dunn.

Officer Dunn transported the animal out of the city and released it back into the wild.

One Monticello firefighter said “that deer must have as many lives as a cat.”

After the deer was removed from the water, firefighters discovered it was already missing the lower part of its left rear leg. The wound was healed and neighbors in the area reported seeing the three legged deer on numerous occasions.

Assisting the Monticello Fire Department in the rescue were officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Monticello City Police and White County Sheriff’s Department.

News 18 has provided a photo gallery with additional images of the deer rescue.

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