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Worried Mom Checks on Ducklings

May 10, 1988

WARREN, Mich. (AP) _ When Leigh Herring spotted a mother duck and some ducklings hanging around the shoulder of an interstate highway service drive, she tried to shoo them away.

But two of the ducklings vanished while waddling along, and when she checked more closely, Herring saw a sewer grate. Under the grate there were 14 confused ducklings.

Herring, a courier for a delivery company, said she tried to lift the grate, but it was too heavy.

Then, from around the corner, came a truck from Engine Co. No. 2 of the Warren Fire Department on its way to a training exercise.

After a brief inspection, firefighters Dave Bucknavich, Joe Plotzke, Jerry Tignanelly and Andy Weigand, began their rescue mission.

″We got the grate off and Andy got down in there and started handing them out,″ said Plotzke of Monday’s incident.

After about 20 minutes, mother and her brood waddled off, Herring continued her deliveries and the firefighters went on to their training.

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