On Tuesday, June 10th the OVFD were dispatched to help a baby deer, most likely a yearling, who had become trapped in a storm drain on Raeben Avenue.
It wasn’t exactly know how the yearling got into the storm drain but it was clear that the baby deer was in some distress as it was jumping inside the storm drain trying to escape. Firefighters responded to the scene and lifted the storm grate on both sides of the street in order to provide access to the yearling. Chief Curt LeRoy then lifted the yearling out of the storm drain and held it so firefighters and Police officer Tom Pianettini could assess its condition.
The baby deer suffered some minor scrapes on its head but was quickly reunited with mom as she watched the firefighters rescue her precious baby. As soon as the yearling was released it ran towards the woods and mom followed closely behind and provided comfort once they were both a safe distance from the residents that turned out to watch the rescue.
The rescue by the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department would have made Lassie very proud.
Chief LeRoy reaches in to remove the yearling from the storm drain
Baby looks fine and calls for Mom
Mom watches - then sprints towards her yearling once its released