An amazing rescue caught on camera in Crofton is going viral, capturing the kindness of volunteer firefighters who never knew they were being watched.
Father’s Day Sunday, a young deer became trapped between yards, pinned by rock and fence, and the quick thinking of firefighters setting out to save it have captured hearts all over their community.
Neighbours along Crofton’s friendly Meagan Street are watching the urban deer in their yards with a new sense of awe.
A day after a thrilling rescue effort to save one trapped between a rockwall and fence, showed one at its most vulnerable and the lengths this community’s volunteer firefighters would go to save it.
“It was sort of scary. You were really afraid for the little deer and everything and oh my gosh are they going to be able to get it out,” says neighbour Sue Bosecker.
The responding firefighters admit they weren’t sure how to when they came on the scene Sunday morning.
“Because it was wedged so well in there. Like what do we do,” says Chief Ken Rukus of the Crofton Fire Dept.
Witnesses say it looks like the little deer had tried to jump from a raised backyard, over a fence to get into the garden behind it. But didn’t make it, his body sliding instead tightly in a crevice that he couldn’t get out from.
“And then Dennis came up with the idea of wrapping its feet up and then pulling it out,” says Chief Rukus, describing a fellow firefighter’s idea.
With bare inches for firefighters to get into the crevice, and give it the best tug they could muster to get the young deer out.
“And the next thing you know you see this little deer run away and everyone’s just so happy. It was totally heartwarming,” says Bosecker.
And only then did the firefighters realize a crowd was watching and capturing the whole rescue on camera.
“I wanted to cry because the deer was okay,” says Crofton resident Carolyn Genis.
Since then the video has gone viral. Thousands watching it over, and over again.
“Facebook is exploding,” says Chief Rukus.
“I walked into Canadian Tire to buy a drill and someone I’ve never met asked me if I was the guy from the deer video,ha ha,” says firefighter Geoff Backman.
A video that’s captured an act of kindness between neighbours, and judging by the many deer paying a visit to the same Crofton cul de sac today, word just might be getting around in wild circles too.