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Massachusetts firefighters rescue deer after it falls through the ice

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Cesareo Contreras
MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass.

A deer is safe thanks to the swift response of the Ashland Fire Department Sunday morning.

At around 8 a.m., the department received a call that a deer had gotten stuck through ice while moving across the Ashland Reservoir. The fire crew knew it needed to act fast to bring the animal back to safety and was on scene within a few minutes of getting the call, according to Fire Lt. David Iarussi.

“A lot of people might think, ‘don’t put people in harm’s way,’ but you don’t want to see anything suffer,” he said.

Iarussi said it wasn’t that uncommon for deer to get stuck on ice. They often are able to get them unstuck, however.

Using a rescue sled, two firefighters were able to bring the deer back to land. Iarussi noted that it was a little challenging bringing the deer back to safety, since the ice was thin.

“It was a task,” he said.



Once brought back to land, the deer was able to pick itself and prance back into the forest.

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