This New Jersey trooper deserves a medal.
Well, he deserves a medal from the New Jersey conservation department, anyways.
According to the story, State trooper Dwayne Phillips was dispatched to a home after receiving multiple reports about a deer in a swimming pool. After arriving on the scene, that is exactly what he found. With no regard for his own personal safety, he responded in big way.
“Now believe it or not, we don’t necessarily teach recruits in the academy how to rescue drowning deer, but we do teach them how to think on their feet and adapt and improvise when a peculiar situation presents itself,” as reported on the New Jersey State Police Facebook page.
Without hesitation, Trooper Phillips wrestled the deer out of the pool by its horns.
A commenter wrote: “Now, there is always the possibility of serious injury or worse when trying to rescue a drowning victim, and even more so when the victim is a wild animal. But this trooper did an outstanding job!”
This story continues on with the happy ending. As it was reported, the deer took a few minutes to catch its breath and then ran off. Hopefully this time it finds a better place to go for a swim.