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Stamford firefighters rescue deer from reservoir

January 31, 2019

STAMFORD — A deer pulled from a reservoir in town Thursday afternoon appeared to be uninjured, officials said.

A live deer was stuck about 200 feet out on the ice of the Laurel Reservoir, according to New Canaan Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm. She said the deer was in the reservoir, which is in Stamford, but was easier to get to from the New Canaan shoreline.

Stamford Police responded to the New Canaan shore. She said she originally thought rescuers could reach the deer by boat from the Stamford shoreline, but instead they entered from the New Canaan side.

“It was very close to where the ice had stopped freezing and there was open water,” Halm said.

She said a Stamford firefighter, wearing a cold water rescue suit, crawled across the ice on his hands and knees to get to the deer and got a rope around the animal so it could be pulled to safety.

“They did a fabulous job,” Halm said of those involved in the rescue. She said the deer “needed time to recuperate,” but didn’t seem to be injured.

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