May 10, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A spotted, lanky fawn slipped into a curbside storm drain in Pacifica where it got stuck and cried until firefighters came to the rescue.
Officials with the North County Fire Authority, which oversees Pacifica, Daly City, and Brisbane, shared a video of Wednesday’s rescue on Twitter, showing a firefighter on his side and shoving both arms into the darkness of the storm drain at the corner of Crespi and Barcelona drives in Pacifica.
The distressed fawn’s muffled cries grew louder as the firefighter lifted the young deer closer to the drain’s opening.
“Maybe I’ll just pull her hip first,” the firefighter says aloud while wrestling the fawn in the drain. “Here we go, sweetie.”
Pacifica police officers then entered the frame of the video, plunging their purple and blue-gloved hands toward the opening, helping pull the tiny, crying deer out of the drain.
The trio exchanged words of encouragement, “We got him” and “Here we go,” just as the fawn emerged, its thin limbs and tiny hooves hanging in the air.
The firefighter lifted the fawn up to his chest and smiled. A police officer extended his gloved hand to rub the fawn’s head.
“Well done guys,” one emergency responder said behind the camera.
Fire officials called the rescue a “great team effort” with Pacifica police officers. Both agencies dubbed the rescue as #FAWNtastic on Twitter.
It’s unclear if the fawn was transported to the care of animal services officials.
A great team effort with @PacificaPolice today. Our firefighters along with PD were able to rescue a fawn caught in the storm drain on the corner of Crespi and Barcelona.
— NCFA (@NoCoFire) May 8, 2019
credit: In part with https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oh-deer-Firefighter-rescues-crying-fawn-from-13834459.php