Pet Duck Rescued From Frozen Pond

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Sedgwick County Fire crews helped come to the rescue of a stuck duck Friday morning.

The pet became stranded on a frozen pond in northwest Wichita. Firefighters involved in the rescue say they are used to saving pets from the ice this time of year, but this is the first time they can remember that pet being a duck.

"They (ducks) don't follow instructions," Sedgwick County Fire Department Lt. Sheldon Miller said with a chuckle.

Miller and his crew were dispatched to a pond near K-96 and Ridge Road Friday morning on an assist a citizen call. When they arrived, they found a domesticated duck stranded about 75 yards from the shore of the pond.

"The first part as you go out, it (the ice) breaks up a little bit," Miller said. "And when you get out a little bit, it starts getting thicker. About the time we got to the duck, it was starting to thin up a little bit."

It turns out the duck is named Solo. His owner, Barb St. Louis saw him on the ice and called 911.

"They said they would get the message to the fire department and then, probably within 30 minutes, they fire department were here to rescue him," she said.

Miller's crew of four firefighters had the time Friday morning to respond to the call. They sent one firefighter onto the ice on a spine board with ropes attached to it.

"After he got hold f the duck, he held on to it tight and we pulled him back with the ropes and handed the duck over to the resident here," Miller said.

St. Louis said she is glad there was a crew available.

"I'm so thankful because he's like a pet to me, almost like a child," she said. "I really appreciate what they did today."

Miller said when emergency crews are dispatched to assist a citizen calls, they are never quite sure what they are going to find when they get there.

"Until you actually see what it is, you pretty much just go along with it and come up with a plan when you get there," he said.

St. Louis said fire crews had to help pull Solo off of a frozen pond last winter as well. She also said that the domesticated Solo cannot fly, which did not help his predicament Friday.

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