Firefighters Rescue Deer Trapped On Ice

December 11, 2017 Updated: September 25, 2019

It wasn’t the usual call-out for Oregon’s firefighters. On Friday, Dec. 8 they were asked to rescue a deer that had become trapped in the middle of a frozen pond.

Firefighters were called to tackle the slippery situation by police around 10:30 a.m., who reported that a deer was stuck on the ice at Woodlands Golf Course in Sunriver, Oregon.

A new ice-rescue sled was pressed into action to so firefighters could reach the deer.

“I was ready to go—I was excited,” firefighter J.J. Johnston told KTVZ following the rescue.

Johnston can be seen gently nudging the deer to shore in the video that has been viewed almost 300,000 times on Facebook.

When the deer didn’t quite make it to land Johnston had to give it another extra nudge.

“I think he was a little tired, or sore,” Johnston said.

“We’ve been training a little with the ice rescue stuff,” he added. “It’s great to be able to put it to use.”

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