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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Just Ducky Rescue by Clinton Firefighters

Fire Fighter Ferriter with one of the rescued ducklings.
Just a week after rescuing a large snapping turtle out of harm’s way the crew at the Clinton Fire/EMS Station continues their mission to protect lives, property and the environment. At around 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 31, 2011, the crew was alerted to a call to assist an Animal Control Officer in the 8700 block of Woodyard Road. Fire Captain Donald Poole described the scene, “It seems that large family of what appeared to be just hatched ducklings (9 in all) had fallen in to a large open drainage ditch and were unable to exit the ditch. Without the momma duck nor food and water, animal control officers were in fear the ducks would succumb to the extreme heat conditions.”

Fire Fighter Ryan Ferriter , the turtle rescuer, taking all safety precautions into account, was able to successfully pluck all 9 ducklings from the drainage ditch and turned them over to animal control, which has relocated them to a local animal rescue farm in the county. All ducklings appeared to be in relatively good condition.

Fire Fighter Ryan J. Ferriter is just weeks out of the Fire/EMS Training Academy and has already made these notable rescues.