Good Samaritans Face Fine After Rescuing Deer From Icy Water

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — They fought to save a life, and now they say they’ll fight the fine.

It all revolves around the rescue of a deer trapped in icy water Thursday night.

Alex DeMetrick reports that good deed was rewarded with tickets.

Strangers banded together to pull a deer out of the freezing water of the Patapsco River on Thursday night.

“We seen the deer going under,” said Khalil Abusakran. “It couldn’t maintain.  It was starting to freeze, and it was really getting bad.”

Abusakran brought a raft, and Jim Hart joined him.

“We had oars and shovels to break the ice, for the deer to get out,” Abusakran said.

But in the excited aftermath of the rescue, a Natural Resources Police officer on the scene wrote both men a ticket.

“And he didn’t say anything,” Jim Hart said. “We went in and out of the water numerous times.  He didn’t stop us at all.”

They say they were ticketed for not wearing life vests, although both are over the age for mandatory use of flotation devices.

“No, we didn’t have life vests on, but we’re not 16-years-old,” Abusakran said. “There were personal floating devices in the boat.”

Natural Resources Police would not go on camera, but told WJZ the rescuers were warned they would be violating Maryland law. 

The ticket itself doesn’t check off any specific violation, just a $90 fine.

They’ll fight it in court, as they fought for the deer.

The two men ticketed say they will fight the citations at a court hearing in Annapolis set for Feb. 18.

  • brenda

    Thanks to those who resciued the deer. i suppose if it would have been a person a ticket would not have been issued. this is waht is wrong in the world today, you try to be nice and helpful and you get punished but if you commit murder you get a slap on the wrist.

    • martino

      So I guess Lennie Skutnick got a ticket too when he jumped in the Potomac
      He didn’t have a life vest either.

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Oh, heck, if they would have jumped in to save the deer they wouldn’t have been fined. But since they were in a boat, they violated a regulation and, tsk, tsk, we can’t have such!

      • john

        I wonder if they fined that Sullenberger guy after he landed his plane into the Hudson. I don’t think he was wearing a life jacket when he got out. :)

      • dan long

        Good thing it was not in md. waters.

      • CC

        Hope that officer never has to struggle in those waters. You’ll have to let him know how sorry you are that you can’t help him since you have no life vests!

    • CleanFun

      The cop probably threw the deer in the lake to begin with.

      • Apt604

        How about throwing the cop in the lake? With a flotation device, of course.

      • johnsmithtt

        lolll good one

      • jack

        hear, hear!

      • SerfOfObama

        Yes, a cast iron one.

    • Janet

      Thank you for saving the deer. You did the right thing.
      “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
      St. Francis of Assisi

      • Moishe

        To condo, y where u born

      • Justin Goofoff


        I propose you lessen the population by one. Take a condom ( small one will fit your hear), slip it over you head and breathe deeply.

      • Lisa A.

        Amen , Janet, my feelings exactly! St. Francis of Assisi was a man of wisdom and discernment. I wonder if he was the person who also wrote how Apathy and indifference is worse than hatred. No disrespect intended toward the officer- but I think in certain situations, one needs to bend towards the direction of the Heart and not always toward the left side of the brain.

      • mike

        jesus, let the deer die. overpopulation of deer in the US cause thousands of car accidents every year, killing hundreds. the deer clearly walked into the water, let him stay in there. would be a totally different story if those men would have drowned or died trying to save the animal.

      • norm

        Overpopulation of deer cause car accidents? Not the roads or cars, right.

      • condom

        The deer were doing just fine before the earth became overpopulated with humans

      • blacklion2


      • Mario

        I wonder if this group of false do gooders will save the zebras from the next cheetahs’ attack in the plains of Africa. This is nature, I would have let the stupid deer drown that dumb prick

      • Elizabeth Sorensen

        I too thank those who saved the deer from a cold and watery death. They showed true compassion, integrity and willingness to save a struggling soul. They should be given a medal, not a fine. We need more like people willing to get out of themselves long enough to help others, animal and human. We need more people like these rescuers in this world. I would have done the same and would also fight the fine.

        “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity.” George Bernard Shaw

        “The greatness if a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Gandhi



      • wch

        Did you really have to work long and hard in coming up with and typing out this post?

      • Charles Ross

        D.N.R. new meaning Deer NEGLECTING REJECTS

    • Tracy Tomblin Propst

      Like the old saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished”

      • BillyBob

        You mean “No good deer goes unrescued.”

      • Pocaholmes

        Oh Tracy, that is my favorite saying. It’s so true.

    • AvgDude

      Now I remember why cops sometimes get called “pigs”. What a disgusting display of bureaucratic evil on the part of that worthless excuse for a LEO. He should be fired just for being such an a-hole.

      • davec

        Unfortunately, you are EXACTLY RIGHT.

        They are at the option to not enforce. they get a kick from the power trip and the money.

      • Jimmy King

        it was not a cop

      • just me

        My friend, if people be fire for t-h-a-t reason, there will be many office-holders out of job.
        Many in quite high places.

      • jeff

        sorry Jimmy King I have to disagree. if the POS has a gun, a tin shield, funny clothes, and over-inflated ego, a mushroomed head from self-promotion and some stupid sense that they are above the law, they are a cop. Period!!!!!! a ticket was issued. only cops or their henchmen issue those!!!!

      • sam

        A government is only as smart as the people running it. If the people voted for stupid politicians who hired stupid police officers, then we should not be surprise if this kind of stupidity happen.

    • Rhonda Coe-Hanna


    • mike

      oh by the way, there IS a law that states that you must wear a life jacket if the water is colder than 50 degrees F. regardless of how old or how good a swimmer you are. Oh yea, its called hypothermia.

      • Dan

        You are an antagonist and a pathetic one at that. There is NO LAW that says adults need a life jacket in this situation. Grow up. Head on back to Media matters and argue just to hear yourself argue. Friggin troll.

      • Danny

        Awesome analysis Dan! Bravo Zulu (extremely well done to you!).

      • Michael

        Neither of you figured out that Mike was being humorous… the Law is hypothermia.

    • bruce

      Sorry state of affairs when the authorities simply lack common sense. Now the good samaratines have to waste time going to court, and the ticketing could deter others from undertaking efforts to be good samaratins in the future. Hopefully, senior authorities will offer an apology and the Court will throw the tickets out — if that could be done before the good samaritans have to waste their time going to court in the first place, all the better.

      • Danny

        And a Bravo Zulu to Bruce for posting the perfect “where do we go from here” solution to the problem!

    • Piet Blackwolf

      Next time they see the officer,throw him in the water.Don’t think he will have enough brain to know how to swim.

    • riverdweller

      The natural resources officer shuld have been helping – not watching – them.
      Then he gives them a ticket ! Another example of a little bit of “ticket power” going to a non thinker dufus’s head.

    • norman

      You have that right. People help others or in this case an endangered animal and get ticketed. Murder somebody and you go free. If they were in and out of the boat several times in the adventure to save the deer, the warden could have reminded them to put on the life jackets. In my state they just have to be in the boat.

    • McGill

      I will donate money to help pay for the fines or the court cost…. Whos with me?

      • Sharon

        I think that’s a great idea. I live in California butI would be willing to help pay the fine of htese two heroes.

    • Leo Grillo

      Send me the ticket and I will pay it and send the guys life vests and rope to carry for next time. Good job guys!

      • Ted

        We don’t need to be paying these fines for them, what we need is the people to take back this country and get rid of these government agencies that have nothing better to do than think up ways to fine us, tax us, and control us!

    • Elliott Glazer

      It was truly a good deed. Government often gets things wrong, but we seem to want more and more government.

    • JCB

      No good deed goes unpunished. In a socialist state.

    • derekcrane

      This limp-wristed lefty “natural resources police officer” should be fired and given a 15 minute dunking in the ice water to cool of the ardor of his “Cause.”

    • judy b

      a pit bull attacked my dog and torn half her face off. animal control came, and the man put his hands on his hips and told me he should give me a ticket. My dog did not have a license. I through she did have a license.

      I was thinking people doing animal control had a heart, but after this I am not sure. The man seem to have a cold heart.

      Thanks guys for helping that poor deer. So sorry you were treated so bad for doing something good.

  • Guest

    I hope that there is more to this story than what is said….. I cannot believe that a police officer would give a ticket to this man for saving the life of a deer! It does seem that he was punished for doing the right thing. And that is terrible!

    • Helene

      Amazing that you can’t imagine that. Are you living in the USA? Blindfolded or so?
      I don’t mean that wrong. But America is the sickest place in the world…Criminals govern the country and animal rescuers are punished…interesting…

      • baltimore joe

        my son and his girl friend are the two carrying the deer in the photo, the dnr cops were called to help but we were wrong, they did nothing but stood there making smart comments, laughing, and writting tickets. this is why there is so little respect for the dnr cops from the outdoorsman and waterman in here maryland, this was a chance for the dnr to do the right thing and maybe change there image a little but they blew it i think they must trade there brains in for there badges

      • John

        I hear ya .But apparently you haven’t traveled to other countries …. this is not the sickest place in the world … please … a bit of an over statement

      • Goldenfoxx

        I can think of sicker places to be – like living in a country that cuts women’s noses off, beats them to death, mutilates their private parts, kills all girl babies, decapitates and mutilates people. Amazing that you can’t imagine that but it does exist. I don’t see that taking place in the USA. While it may be true that criminals govern the country, we can do something about that – it’s called voting them out of office. When that fails, we have a Revolution. Give me America any day.

      • Brenda

        I agree with Helene and as far as GoldenFoxx comment, the reason why we dont have alot of these treacherous type things happen in our country is because lower level crime like Mr. Arrogant Policeman are put out on public display to be ashamed of themselves for acting innapropriatly. If the lower level issues like this are not taken care of immediatly it moves on to higher levels of crime to what you have mentioned.

      • SmithWinston6478

        Helene, You’re right. The bad guys are laughing at us because we have their Trojan Horse in our Whitehouse. To call him a traitor is to insinuate he was once on our sde.
        “Vienes una tormente!” – Warning to Sarah Connell ending the first ‘Terminator’ movie.

      • John W. Tobin

        Just a little note. Criminals govern EVERY country. Even yours, I’ll bet!!

    • Justin Orwen

      And people wonder why nobody wants to help people in various situations anymore. Everything is illegal, you are probably breaking some law right now and dont even know it.

    • HH

      Guest, there is always more to a story than what is told! Unfortunately you never hear the whole thing!

    • David Caskey

      Several things , we do not live in a free country. That concept went out the window many decades ago. Then those that think we can get the crooks out of office. Good luck. All we have a choice of is what brand of crook.

      This same thing happened with Katrina. Many folks went down with to NO with boats but fish and game gave them tickets for trying to get people off their roof tops without life vest.

      We need a revolution.

    • Ar Amytas

      These guys were not policemen, but conservation officers. C.O.’s don’t know the law any more than a pig knows about Sunday.

      • Instigatorus

        I ran a major river rafting operation years ago. The State conservation officers were huge pains who went around ticketing rafters for dubious “violations”. I assume it was to generate enough income to keep their jobs. The last thing on their mind was doing anything to preserve the flora and fauna. Meanwhile, if something serious or dangerous broke out, they made themselves scarce. Our opinion of them was not high. I dealt with local PD and park service rangers, and they were always great. These clowns walked around with scowls and were not helpful.

      • Ted

        Yea, you experienced the problem with government. Those in government don’t have a clue as to how they are paid or where the money comes from. We need to cut government at all levels. Vote Conservative! I don’t have an answer other than that. Government is too damn big, too stupid and too intrusive in the lives of all Americans.

    • Thomse

      The weren’t really fined it’s just the new good human tax. Don’t you know you have to pay the gov’t for the right to do anything.

    • Terry G

      Present day enforcement officers are the new Tax collectors of our society…where have you been?

    • dan long

      It’s not a police officer.It’s somebody that checks if your fish is legal or if you are using a gas motor instead of electric.

    • Tripletap

      The cops all over including any low life creep that can issue tickets are doing just that. What a crock and the coward didn’t even have the cajones to step into the drink and help. He oughta be fired and sued for false arrest!

    • ZMG

      It is interesting to hear everyone complain about America. First of all there are millions of people dying to get in here everyday, so if you don’t like it then please leave.

      I know deer are cute and fuzzy but you don’t see people rushing to save other people anymore. I understand you don’t want it to suffer but you need to think before you react. I work in public safety and see way to many people hurt or killed over an animal that gets out fine.

      Whether or not the officer was right is a different story. Personally I would have been a little upset at people in freezing water with no life jacket but would not have fined them. . .maybe a little side lecture on the dangers and what to do.

      Please stop blaming America for everything. If this country was not free you would not have this forum to express yourself in. You have it way to good, if you don’t believe me next time you are on your plush vacation in the caribbean try to leave the resort and see real poverty.

      Gob blee and Merry Christmas.

      • RufusVonDufus

        Only in Crocodile Dundee do the animals shoot back. Trying to save “someone” could result in you getting shot, but trying to save Bambi you need not worry about getting shoto–unless this C.O. shoots youi.

      • Germina60

        I would rush to save someone even if it meant risking my life.
        God always blesses those who give free and more to those who die saving another person. I am sorry you don’t know Jesus and all his many blessings.

      • Bob

        Millions of people wanting to come to the USA? Yeah, from third-world countries. We’re number 37 in health care and our kids are among the most poorly educated among industrialized nations. One in five of our kids is fed thanks to Food Stamps. Our economy is worse than any country in Europe, regardless of what the media would have us believe. We’re freakin’ bankrupt and lucky that we’re among the few countries that prints its own money via its own central bank backed by little more than the good faith of the government. (And we’re seeing just how much faith we can put in this bunch.) How many Scandinavians are clamoring to enter the US? No, this country is not what our media wants us to believe. We’re not No.1 anymore (except in the sale of toxic debt still cleverly marketed by our banksters) and we’re sinking faster than you seem to realize.

      • Chris Abernathy

        “Personally I would have been a little upset at people in freezing water with no life jacket but would not have fined them. . .maybe a little side lecture on the dangers and what to do.””

        The idea that Americans need to be lectured by the government is just as offensive as giving out a ticket.

    • itonic5

      If this would have taken place in Oakland CA the cop would have shot the deer numerous times and then issue tickets.

    • Traditionalman

      I’ve spent 37 years on the job and I will be the first person to say that the officer who wrote that citation shamed the badge they wear.

      • stupid is as stupid does

        the only shame traditionalman is that you even made a comment not knowing the situation

  • KottaMan

    As a former county cop in MD, I say that If this guy got a ticket for no vest, it’s absurd. In an exigent situation like this, I am sure 100% of the people would be thinking “rescue” first before the word “vest.” Did the guy even have a vest with him? What happened to “good judgment” on the part of the current crop of officers?

    • chuck

      Typical case of a cop with no common sense, too much authority, and a penchant for revenue enhancement. Can we all say the word STUPID? I hope the judge in this particular case chastises the cop!

      • Goldenfoxx

        Why not fine the cop for taking up court time, and pay the two men $90 each for saving the deer. That would be righteous justice. The cop will think twice about writing a frivolous ticket. It’s authority gone wild!

      • stupid is as stupid does

        chuck, if you are a cop, you are an embarrassment for even making such a comment. were you there? do you know the truth? I pray that you are retired or at least on your way

    • chuck

      I’m a cop and the decision of that cop is an embarassment for all of us. Throw him under the ice instead of the deer.

    • B Leonard

      Our wonderful endless tax dollars going to work again, to employ a moron, this officer should be fired for just plain stupidity. And the lack of getting proper treatment for an animal. If he didn’t participate and just stood there watching, then he should be charged with cruelty to animals. Fire his ass!!!!

    • Jim Anderson

      If they have to pay a $90.00 fine, let me know, I will pay for them! Coming from a law enforcement family ( md state police and secret service) I am sorry! My wife would jump in to save a mouse.

      • Rick Daniels

        My wife would scream and want me to kill it.

    • Bobito

      I’ve never yet met a cop who let common sense get in the way of exercising his authority.

      • Terry

        Hum…Must have been arrested before….NOT all Officers of the Law are as blatantly ignorent as this person. So lets not toss a broad blanket over all Law Enforcement becuase yet another ignorant badge happy wanta be slip through the process.

    • dave warren

      the above story is typical for democrat run states, you get what you voted for, the officer is only ding what the law states, clear and simple, next time you vote, remember goverment intrusion.

  • Trish Reibert

    Unbelievable. Only in Maryland would you get a TICKET for doing the right thing. They let murderers, rapists and child moletstors roam the streets free, but save a defenseless animal and they fine you. Cop must have been waiting for the deer to drown so he could get a free meal. Hope the judge throws the ticket at the cop.



    • John N

      I hope your grammar improves.

      • Mark R

        Classic John N…LMAO!

    • Ray

      This is the nanny state most of you voted for. My response would have been to throw the officer in the water and make sure he doesn’t get out.

      • Tom

        I agree

      • Tom

        Sadly in the state of Indiana, it has been my experience that you have to take and pass a special prick test to be DN|R.

  • Kim Moore

    Hats off to the rescuers. It is so hard to believe a police officer could be that heartless. Where does the police pride and caring come in. A civilan does a good deed and he gets a ticket. I hope the officer has time to think about what he did to humanity.

    • TxnByBrth

      Kim…you give the police officer too much credit.

    • jp

      Remember…. this is a “Natural Resources Officer” Not Police. Not even a real job. Just a government position to keep a looser who can’t find a real job off the street

      • G

        “Natural Resources Officer” Another example of a phony public sector job created to “stimulate” the economy. Really sad and pathetic. If we wasn’t a police officer, why didn’t they just not give him their ID’s. Don’t they have the right to refuse because of who he was?

      • JP

        The officers in Maryland are sworn officers with the same authority as state police. Please do not debase the officer for doing thier sworn duty, The judge is the authority on this and not all information is presented here. The officer may not have liked things and may not even show for the hearing. It is a thankless job and they do a great job with the limited resources they have, BTW, I am not an officer or related to one.

      • kingfish20815

        Fish cops are generally have at least one degree and well educated in the sciences far more so than the average college graduate. Generally speaking he knows what he is doing far more than a couple of fools who risk their lives for a lousy dear. Had this situation gone bad he would have been the one to supervise the recovery of the bodies and tagging the remains.

      • Spencer Biles

        Wow – You sure have a miserable outlook on life. Sounds like you deserve it.

      • Greg

        JP, “sworn officers” with sworn duty is still no excuse for a lack of common sense

      • Erik Smith

        kingfish20815, you make good points. But the officer’s issuing a ticket after the fact wouldn’t have saved the rescuers’ lives, nor is it likely to deter kind people in the future. Had he been concerned with being effective rather than being officious, he should have stopped them, or required them to don their life presevers, as soon as he became aware of the situation. Issuing a ticket after the fact is just silly, to put it mildly.

      • Jay

        Only thing those guys did wrong was pass up an easy shot.

      • Jeff

        Wolud the same officer give a ticket if he was the one saved in the same manner? And if he didn’t give a ticket, would he have been reprimanded for not doing so? I mean it is his “Sworn Duty”?

    • Dragonfire

      Hats off to the rescuers indeed. I am an avid hunter, and would have done the exact same thing to save that little white tail. Before I accepted one ticket from that jerk off cop, he would have had to write one more ticket. I would have thrown his dumb a$$ in the water. Report the stupid cop to PETA !!!

      • S R Larson

        The fact that the “natural resources officer” did not participate in the rescue effort shows that he was there on the scene only to find a reason to write someone a ticket. Your tax money at work, kids!

      • Islia

        The problem with your statement is that he realistically could have had the men arrested for all sorts of things. The ticket, which I am sure he knew is going to be tossed out, was a warning more than anything.

        In many venues, it is illegal to interfere with wild animals in distress. That deer, in struggling, could have swamped the raft and/or kicked the mess out of the men (and a deer can kick you hard enough to kill). I knew people who thought it was smart to rescue “sick” raccoons and other small animals, only to spend weeks getting rabies shots because they got bit during the rescue.

        Think about it–how many beached whales actually survive the “aid” provided by well-meaning people who are actually interfering with an act of nature?

      • MJ


        If you read the other comments posted here you would realize the real issues are about freedom and common sense. Most of us do not want to live in a police state or nanny state. The officer abused his power when he ticketed the rescuers using the police powers of the state to back him up.

        I applaud those who stand for freedom and have to admit their funny comments have left me rolling with laughter

      • Santa

        Dragonfire has been a bad boy this year. He’s full of too much anger and needs to give up hunting and take up yoga.

      • Independent Voter


        Nonsense. I have rescued many animals, including a Great Blue Heron who was caught in about 50′ of fishing line some idiot left hooked into a tree. Yes he could have poked my eyes out or worse but I did it carefully, and I still watch him out my back window in our cove 3 years later. I hope if you are ever in trouble someone takes a chance to help you, even though you are too arrogant to help one of God’s creatures.

    • Angelo Rombola

      It’s all about the MONEY!!!

    • ttriffic

      no he was just another ass who has way too much pwer for his intelligence level and showed it with steller ziel

      • ScottFree

        As you are just another idiot who cannot even spell stellar or zeal. While its true this clown needed to be pushed in to save the deer, you shouldnt question someone elses intellect without even being able to spell basic words

      • ralph

        shouldn’t lol

      • John Zehr

        “Steller ziel”? Are you German?

    • Bob G

      The natural resources police officer is obviously inept and lacks common sense; his Supervisor should have a session with him and explain the difference between the “Letter of the Law” and the “Spirit of the Law.” Big difference!!

    • Whitetail

      He is no cop… just throw the ticket away.

    • Pete

      When are folks going to wise up and realize there are no more “Police Officers” or as we remember “Peace Officers”. Today they are all “REVENUE OFFICERS” and their sole task is to collect monies for their masters.

    • Jim

      This Officer should be fired!! He is a joke to the profession…

    • Luchidor

      the rescuers were a resource for a make work government agency. What happened to the motto, “to serve and protect”. Why didn’t the donut fetcher get in and help?

  • Jacki

    Well bless you rescuers, glad to see if my poopsy oopsy pomaranian was drowning could count on you, as for the police I wish you would stop me from saving someone or something from drowning in front on my eyes.

    • George

      The government sux.

    • PokerFace


      • jeff

        at least barney fife had a heart.

    • Mark

      As usual no good deed goes unpunished. Where the hell has common sense run off to anyway?

      • Elliott J. Olson

        You can’t call it “common sense” any more because it’s too rare, like a superpower.

      • Cicero1776

        The JERK must have a quota nto fill. Not only are the heros wet and frozen, they must be inconvienced by making a court appearance. I;d help finance a suit of the ???officer??? What a dope.

      • Marauder

        Kidnapped by liberals.

    • john e nichols

      we have idiots in government

      • Bruce

        We have idiots everywhere. It’s just that the idiots in government are more visible and more of a nuisance.

      • z46360

        Yup starting in the white house

    • Doug

      Throw the pig cop in the icy water and see if he would like rescued.

      • DJ

        Not a bad idea!

      • Cicero1776c

        I’m with Doug.

      • Another Doug

        Sorry ossifer, you’ll have to wait to be rescued.. Johnny has to run down to the supply store to get a lifejacket. Just hang tight, he’ll be back in an hour or two..

    • ken


      • John Freeland

        And the 99ers get no help? Are the first 99 chopped liver? Give us a number Ken. Where is it we finally become decent people?

      • Cicero1776

        Ken, what in the world are you taking about. Do you read the biases newspapers or watch the alphabet soup news broad casts?? 99 week is no help?????? What is the magic number? Are you smart enough to figure it out> I don’t think so.

    • Bob

      Obviously trained by the Maryland State Troopers who thought video tapping an arrest was the same as a one way phone tap. Stupid cops are everywhere in this state. Print the cop’s name so we can start a petition to have him suspended / fired for incompetence.

    • Ardvaark65

      Maybe that natural resources police officer will get fired just before Christmas!

    • Mark

      Cut the budget of the “natural resources” department by 50%. I’m sure we can get by with 50% less tax-payer funded stupidity.

    • lee warmer

      Q:you know why they bury cops three times deeper than us when they die?
      A: because deep down theyre good people.

    • Teddy

      If when trying to save the deer these men get hurt and/or into some sort of trouble and then have to call in rescue personel at tens of thousands of cost to taxpayers…is it smart or worth it to save the deer then?

      …and after they saved the deer, what if the next day it walks in front of a truck? or is shot by a hunter for its food value? see, if the animal was a domestic dog or cat then the saved animal would generally be back in a safe home away from harm. Even if it was a cow, its a valuable animal, so it wouldn’t be then set free after its rescue.

      People need to think about things instead of jumping in feet first because of emotions. What if one or both of these men got injured and couldn’t work and support his family anymore? Did either of them even consider that possibility? Then they become a huge burden on society…just for the life of a deer that is one of hundreds of millions in the wild. Actually the deer population is growing so fast and out of control that people are being killed in car accidents because hunting has decreased as an American pastime.

      Just saying, use reason and think before acting upon your emotions. Didn’t everyone get mad about the guys who got stranded hiking on a mountain in a snow storm and had to be rescued at thousands of dollars in municipal costs? Is this really so different.

      Shoot the deer so it doesn’t suffer then use it to feed people in the homeless shelter…make more sense?

      …and the cop was just following the law and also doing his job and also acquiring revenue for your city that keeps your taxes down. If he was mistaken about the lifevest rule then the men will be found not guilty. If you don’t like the rule then change the law, don’t take the easy way out and blame the cop.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • mr. faquer

        so if a person is struggling in the water dont go save them, they may get drunk that night drive and kill a family??? and if the cop was following the law and just doing his job, why wasnt the citation filled out properly??? just my 2 cents

      • Mike

        Following Ted’s stupid liberal idea, soldiers should not be allowed to carry a weapon because it could go off and hurt someone. Don’t play football because you could get injured. No basketball either – you could get an elbow in the eye. Don’t leave the house – it’s dangerous out there! Government sucks the life out of everything

      • Mike

        “…and the cop was just following the law and also doing his job and also acquiring revenue for your city that keeps your taxes down. ” Yeah, the Nazi’s said they were only doing their job as well. How about considering the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR FACE.

  • katie

    This is a good friend of mine’s husband who saved this deer along with another man not pictured. They were on that bridge and helping that deer for hours yesterday. They called the police and they did nothing but give him a ticket. They called D&R and they came and told them to let the deer drown. I am so glad to have friends like these who are animals lovers. His wife is actually a dog grooming, and they care for animals all day. They’re good people and its ridiculous that they are getting fined when trying to do that right thing. Hopefully it’ll get thrown out in court.

    • Julie

      Katie I would get the News People on this, to shame the system on a rediculous fine.

    • Chris Ness

      Ask for a jury trial. No jury of real people would ever convict them.

      • Jsmith

        Exactly. What the heck was the gov’t guy thinking?

      • Occam

        I hope the people given the ticket file a multi-million damage suit against the officer who gave them the ticket & against the organization that hired that officer.

    • Horice

      This happens when we elect corrupt politicians who use their armed enforcers to collect yet another unjust tax. Fight the ticket and toss out everyone in office until this type of offensive use of power comes to an end.

      • Carbon Black

        Brandon, the NAZIS were socialists. It is in their acronym.

        last I checked, socialists are on the left.

      • Bruce987

        To: HippieG

        Conservatives don’t do that.
        Must have been a facist Obama TSA officer or Socialist Union Leader.

      • Michael

        Laws such as these and those who enforce them are typically “progressives”, NOT Conservatives or true liberals. The Democratic party and moderate Republicans are “Progressives”. People really need to quit this left, right, Conservative and Liberal blame game. It is the Progressives that are destroying this country and taking our freedoms.

      • DW

        This cop has to be a liberal moron

      • Brandon

        @DW: Strange, I was thinking he must be a GOP fascist NAZI. Look, I can insult too!

      • HippieG

        The cop must be a conservative moron

      • Reed

        I was thinking he was a liberal, probably one of those Obama-Reid-Pelosi supporters.

      • lew

        DW- your “liberal moron” is redundant.

        Carbon Black- Nazi far right- Communist far left- end of at the same place so what was your point?

        The rescuers acted in the traditional American manner and merit honor. The cop should hang his head in shame.

      • frank

        lew………NAZIs were socialist………………
        from Wikipedia:
        The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (German: About this sound Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (help·info), abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known in English as the Nazi Party (from the German Nazi, abbreviated from the pronunciation of Nationalsozialist[5]), was a political party in Germany between 1919 and 1945. It was known as the German Workers’ Party (DAP) prior to a change of name in 192

      • lew

        Frank- Hitler was a fascist; hence the NAZI Party was far right by definition. “Once in power Adolf Hitler turned Germany into a fascist state. Fascist was originally used to describe the government of Benito Mussolini in Italy. Mussolini’s fascist one-party state emphasized patriotism, national unity, hatred of communism, admiration of military values and unquestioning obedience. Hitler was deeply influenced by Mussolini’s Italy and his Germany shared many of the same characteristics.”

      • lew

        Frank- to avoid arguing definitions, my original question “so what was your point? was that it makes no difference. From the political center, travel far left on the political circle or far right and one ends at the same place at the bottom, dictatorship.

      • Carduus

        The Nazi party was not “to the right” as we think of it today. They wern’t commies but they were far from modern American conservatives. They believed in total government control but allowed certain sections of the economy to have private ownership. This sounds more like modern liberal or progressive ideas to me.

        Hitler was a big believer in universal health care. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

    • Beverlyjane

      God Bless them Katie. They are good men!! God loves his creatures or HE would not have made them for us to care for. Animal Lover

      • Carnivore

        He must want us to eat animals. Otherwise, He wouldn’t have made them out of meat!!

    • Rowwdy

      Here is the glitch for you all. If someone had put that animal in the water on purpose…no amount of effort would have been spared to rescue it and the person would have been charged with a criminal offense. See the difference in mind set? LE including DNR cannot knowingly allow an animal to suffer. So the DNR coward was also in the wrong a he did absolutely nothing. I reiterate, dereliction of duty as well as violating the very laws he is suppose to uphold.

      • M the deer slayer

        would have been better to just let it drown and ask for a permit for it…nothing like fresh jerky

      • Billy Brazzel

        That was a deer trap.. Throw a deer in the ice water and cite whoever saves it.

      • stupid is as stupid does

        that was dumb

    • jeff

      katie please thank them for myself and my daughter who works tirelessly for a wild life hospital as an unpaid volunteer!! also tell them that i will pay the fine if it is imposed.

    • pam

      OMG….if there is really such a thing as karma, your friends will enjoy the blessings from this true act of kindness and mercy. This says all you need to know about what kind of people they are.
      “let the deer drown?” my god what have we come to?

  • My Dogs Mom

    I hope everone will get the name and address of the rescuers and send them a buck or two. And I hope everyone will get the name and badge number of the jerk of an officer and demand his removal! I know I will!

    • Curtis Quico Reed

      Leave them a “buck or two”…no pun intended.
      I’m sue they could use the “doe”. But this time…pun fully intended
      One idiot office doesn’t represent all the police. They should throw that clown into the river and demand that anyone who saves him has dry suit, life jacket, and proper training before allowing them to risk their lives to save him. See if he gives a rat’s ass about that when HE is the one about to drown.

      • Eric Hartman

        Yeah, I’m not entirely sure attempted murder is the correct response. Hammurabi’s era is long over, dude.

      • Anthony Miller

        i agree. 1st of all, regardless of the law, doing the right thing shouldnt be punished. secondly, ask for a hury trial. no group of people would convict. third–i hope the resource officer is fired, loses his home when he cant afford mortgage. then is forced to live under a bridge and eat random roadkill. then one nite he falls asleep under said bridge, rolls into Patapsco river and drowns. that would be my Xmas wish.

      • Bill Tannick

        Eric – get a grip. I hope you don’t take every rant so literally…

    • SourPuss

      I hardly think that the officers actions support his being fired. Who knows, maybe last week he saved a baby from a burning building. Geez people, quit the rush to judgment. He may be new to the force and doesn’t quite know all the rules and regulations yet. Who knows?

      • jon

        I think he should be fired for stupidity

      • Karen

        He obviously has a complete lack of sense and humanity–we don’t need any more evidence, he should be fired ASAP for being such a lousy human being!

  • penny

    I think what they did was awesome… that police officer should be ashamed

    • mIKE

      The BIG question is “Why didn’t the officer help them?”. Better yet if he would have been doing the right thing, they would have been assisting him. That’s such a shame!

      • jaycee

        mIKE it has been judged by the supreme court that a police officer has no obligation to help any person in an emergency

        and no matter what any officer tells you the police officer cannot stop you from helping someone else in an emergency, you might get a ticket from the idiot cops like this one but most will just step aside and do nothing

        you seriously think a cop is going to do anything to not get that big ol taxpayer paid pension

      • len0117

        lol. an officer that actually helps?! In Maryland? LMAO. The only way they ‘help’ is by writing tickets to bring in revenue

  • Laurie Thrasher

    There comes a time when law enforcement need to look the other way.

    • John

      There comes a time when idiots need to be fired. Most LEO are good people, this person is a moron, the state should revoke his commission.

      • Greybeard

        Agreed, John. There comes a time when names need to be named so we know which of our neighbors are absolute idiots.

  • TracyLyn

    I am really shocked that these men would get a ticket for saving the deers life. What is the officer jealous that he didnt get the attention for saving the deer so to punish the 2 gentleman hes giving them a ticket? What nerve. But to these 2 men a personal thanks for what you did you are a wonderful example of what is right with people today!

    • nickoury

      BINGO! You win the prize, that’s exactly the reason. Too lazy, scared or unconcerned to help out, so he had to validate his own existence by writing TRUE HEROES a ticket. Talk about a waste of life, he should be working for the federal government. O wait, he already is.

  • Sheryl Mason Turgeon

    Thanks guys for saving this deer. And to the officer who fined them really? Was it necessary What if it was your son or daughter or a family pet would it be different?

  • Ericka

    Just wondering about this life vest rule…Does it apply when saving a person drowning, or should we wait til a life vest materializes before saving the person?
    Not clear on the rule, but it’s absurd to be required to wear a vest when acting in an emergency.

    • Henry

      Its manditory that there are enough life jackets for anyone aboard and under the legal age must be wearing it at all times. But in all honesty would you risk a wild animal fighting and pulling you overboard in freezing waters because it doesnt comprehend you are there to help? Those guys put themselves and every bystander, in uniform and not, in potentially great danger and thats what no one seems to understand or care about! If the animal wasnt as rundown and ill as it was it would have fought and defended itself from humans.

      • jon

        henry you admitted you were there, sounds like thou doust object too vehemently to the whole incident. do you have two less tickets in that little ticket book of yours???

      • dfern

        And this affects you personally in what way?


      • Deborah Wright

        Gee Henry….
        I can see your point but sheesh!
        Seems to me your heart must be kinda tiny to be THAT unmoved and critical of such kindness and courage.

        Time to revisit the Grinch to learn a few kindergarten lessons.

      • Henry

        Actually Deborah, I have been in EMS for over 20 years, my wife, brother and several cousins have been in law enforcement for over 30 years, I volunteer at the SPCA whenever I have the time and I’ve worked with the Humane Society for over 10 years so please do not mistake my realistic point of view as anything but that. There is a difference between saving a life and risking several others and an age at which you should know the difference! You may think I’m a grinch but I wont hold that against you, I know what kind of a person I am and I feel no shame about that. And I definitly dont support the “witch hunt” brewing for the officer that was doing his job!

      • Skeeter

        Henry, grow a heart. If that was your pet or your fat ass drowning, I bet you would be very grateful if someone risks their own life to rescue you. You sound like a typical Barney Fife, everything by the book. No time for common sense. Nitwit…

      • Henry

        Skeeter? Really, are you a muppet? I have a perfectly functioning heart, perhaps if you had ever read a book that didnt have pop-ups you would have a better understanding for reality vs Disney. I have done more good and helped more people AND animals than you could ever dream of helping!

      • Robert J. Sciolino

        What ever happened to the concept of personally assuming the risk? I’ll tell you what happened…we all became children in need of a governing mommy and daddy. If I want to take the risk to jump into a lake or river to rescue an animal…I’m a grown adult and I made the decision as a grown adult. I’m not asking anyone to risk their lives if run into problems, that’s their choice as well. Instead, we have a nanny-state that compels us to obey. We truly are a nation of children with a growing stack of rules and laws for every footstep we take. Snap out of it henry.

      • Joe

        Henry, it must be you who didn’t read the article. It clearly says there were life jackets in the boat, and that no one was of the age required to need one. Please get a grip….

      • Henry

        So it sounds to me like if your house gets broken into or your car gets stolen or someone needs emergency medical help you dont need to call 911 you can handle it yourself otherwise its just the “nanny-state” stepping in where they arent needed right? I hope you dont drive home with a taillight out tonight!

      • Henry

        Joe I didnt have to read the article, I was there!

      • Dano

        The more you keep on going Henry the more everyone is right about you. You have no heart. If they choose to take a boat out on the river and pull out an animal who are you to tell them they can’t. I really don’t care who you are or what you claim to be, because all you appear to be from your comments here is Henry the heartless.

      • Lindsay

        Henry, Thank you for your years of service and for your intelligent comments. Robert J. Sciolino I agree that we have lost all personal accountability. However, do you actually think if these ‘rescuers’ would have been pulled into the water by the deer they would not have screamed for help? And the civil servants who everyone is so eager to bash tonight would have been the ones to save them.

      • Bobby L.

        Henry, If I was allowed to carry a gun and use it to defend myself and my family I wouldn’t need to call the police. Unfortunately, the police hold a monopoly on defense–they are the only ones who can shoot an offender and get away with it. As for fire and EMS, both thrive in the private sector throughout the country.

      • Steven

        Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the DNR officer is the one drowning…would he still ticket his rescuers?

        Sadly, I think he probably would…

      • LoneRider

        Look, a deer is not a pet. In many parts of the states they are over populated. Risking your life for a deer, is insane. If one of the men fell into the water the Officer would have gone into save the person, putting his life at risk. For an over grown Rat, sorry tasty overgrown Rat.

        How anyone can through equivalence of a deer to a family pet is beyond me. Even still, when it comes down to a human life, even a family pet is chattel. And, yes we have 4 cats and a dog, which get taken very good care of. But I would not put my life in great risk for one. I have a family to feed and raise.

      • enoughAlready

        @Henry…you have apparently been in the business too long and it would appear that you have sided with the strict by the book approach.

        Without common sense and the ability to differentiate between POSSIBLE and PROBABLE folks like you cause death because of a legalistic inaction.

        I myself have had an unusual number of events where I have saved lives(mostly from auto accidents). The one that comes to mind was the pickup truck that went off the road and was sinking on its side in the creek. The guy(who was high come to find out) could not lift the door open to get out. I had to jump about 10 feet from the bank landing on his driver door…by the time I got the door open he had about 6 inches of air left.

        I took a risk but the other option was to let him drown. Sure I realize he could have freaked out and pulled me under water with him. But what kind of person could live with themselves saying “well I didn’t have safety gear so I didn’t try”?

        I think God said it best “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

        Dying in the attempt to save another is far better than living as a coward.

      • Nic

        Understandable,but I would have done the same thing and I got a deer this hunting season! Are you not endangering yourself when you enlist in the military? Would you get a fine for enlisting in the military? Just something to think about. These people did good!!

      • Bobito

        Sure, the bystanders might die from the shock to the system of seeing someone do something so stupid as put something else’s life first.

      • dreagan

        Henry is Barney Fife reincarnated! Keep your bullet in your shirt pocket, Henry!

      • donttreadonme

        Henry, you are a moral coward. You are glad there exist regulations for you to hide behind in the event you are called upon to do the right thing. This way, you get to stand safely on the sidelines protected from making a decision that may involve some spine.

      • Greg

        This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. They put bystanders in great danger by saving a sick, drowning deer? And the deer would have attacked and killed them all had it not been so sick? You MUST be a cop. Only a cop would think in such a backwards “public safety was endangered” way.

      • mark

        I understand your new age logic, but I do miss the old days, before the days of fear of litigation madness set in, when the police officer would have likely taken charge of the situation and lead the way to saving the dear and then later received a letter of accommodation for the act. Now days the police dress in military garb and look like commandos when they respond to a traffic problem. I repeat, I do miss the old days. JMHO.

      • Frank

        I think everyone is being to hard on Henry. I am no fan of government or the current political situation, but I think many have blurred that sentiment with this story. A deer is not worth risking your life over. Not if you look at it from a realistic point of view. The guys that did save the deer did what they felt best, and I honestly don’t blame them. It was an act of kindness, and in this world, that is a welcome thing. However…. if one of them would have ended up in the water, then what? You can say that was his decision all day, but it doesn’t change the fact that someone is going in after him. So, I kind of see Henry’s point, and he is right. I also think that since there was a happy ending in this one, that the authority on the scene should have just let it go. This story would be completely different then.

      • Chris Taylor

        “So it sounds to me like if your house gets broken into or your car gets stolen or someone needs emergency medical help you dont need to call 911 you can handle it yourself otherwise its just the “nanny-state” stepping in where they arent needed right? I hope you dont drive home with a taillight out tonight!”

        YES that is EXACTLY how it should be. Upholding right and wrong is the duty of the CITIZEN. NOT THE POLICE.

        the job of the police is to “take over” for the citizen when they arrive to handle formal arrest transport and court proceedings.

        the police are WAY WAY overstepping their bounds in today’s society because we are a nation of sheeple.

        If My house gets broken into I DEAL WITH THE PERPETRATOR MYSELF and then call the police to haul him away and file a report.

        If someone steals my car. I GO FIND MY CAR and then call the police to take the perpetrator away.

        If someone breaks into my car the police do NOTHING except take my report with the slim hope that if there is another arrest it might be linked to my car (even the even the officer taking the report said not likely)

        so now I have live uplink camera’s in my car and a live GPS tracking system. Break into my car and YOUR PICTURE WILL be on the news the next day.

        WE THE PEOPLE. not WE THE POLICE is how our constitution starts.

        its the duty of CITIZENS FIRST to right wrong police SECOND. Distant Second.

        why do you think we have a 2nd amendment. its not just about guns but ANY ARMS including your fists and its about more than rebelling against government.

        SO please explain to me how he was “doing his job” I would have told him to F OFF and refused to take the ticket.

        I would rather be arrested (and resist) than even so much as recognize his authority.

      • M. Schaeffer

        Yes. These do-gooders rescued “Bambi” by endangering human lives. It’s nice that the deer’s alive but it could have as easily died and taken several humans with it.

      • dw

        You are a moron and a idiot

      • Rowwdy

        Well Henry, looks like you are full of boasting. I was in LE over 20 years and have a newsflash for you….there are variables to every situation. You cannot tell if that animal was too rundown to defend itself simply because it was floundering in the water. Ice water weakens you within seconds…even animals. Or didn’t you learn that in your shelter work? The fact the DNR officer stood by and said did nothing is dereliction of duty. Btw: I have been in animal rescue for some 20+ years as a volunteer. I do know just a little about it. A citation was out of line and power tripping.

      • alephcheth

        Gee, Henry…if I’m ever in trouble and need someone compassionate to help me and care for me…please don’t be there. You’re one courageous, selfless specimen of something that’s almost human.

    • Thomas Anderson

      Ok, now my BS meter is pegged. First, “Henry” knows everything about everything. Then when logic is applied, it’s “I don’t need to read the article, I was there!”.

      Sorry Henry, no you weren’t. As a professional that you state you are, you would be writing reports all day. While I am not a spelling nazi, your lack of spelling skills indicates you are likely pretty young, or stupid, and not in the habit of writing, which debunks you being in any of these professions.

      Lastly, if you had “been there”, that would have been the first thing you said, not the last after you lost the argument. You ARE a loser.

      • reb362

        Thanks Thomas Anderson, you stated the same conclusion I came to after that B.S. artist Henry. He’s a troll, or if he is such a professional, he should quit before his selfish authoritarian attitude causes the death of someone. He reminds me of the NY EMTs that refused to assist a pregnant woman while in line at a bakery, and the Pittsburgh EMTs that refused to walk up a snowy driveway to assist a father dying of a heart attack in front of his children, instead telling dispatch the victim should have walked to him! Well, both EMTs were fired, and the NY EMT ended up shot dead in a night club. Karma, Henry, karma.

  • Dave

    The DNR officer probably wrote them the tickets to cover his butt. He most likely intentionally omitted the offense so that when they went to court it would be thrown out summarily. While I don’t know that I’d put myself in harm’s way for wildlife that is overpopulated to begin with, I admire the guys’ dedication to saving the deer. Glad nobody was injured or killed.

  • jule kemp

    This is so crazy these men were doing a good deed and then they get fined for it. What has this state come too, people can get away with killing dogs or cats but when someone saves a deer they are in thr wrong, the officer that gave them a fine should be punished for his actions

  • Brenda Bianconi Cole

    I think the police often forget that they are public servants. Their job is to keep us safe from others, and maintain order. That used to be the reason people picked these types of careers. Now a days, more often than not, the police I’ve encountered are bullies working for a paycheck and a nice retirement. Power trippers are ugly and have a cold heart. I bet no ticket would be given if you were pulling him out of the drink.

    • Fargenkneipper

      Thank you for your entirely uninformed opinion, Pizza Princess. Is that anchovies I smell or that YOU????

  • Sister

    Now, if the policeman was in a boat & he had on a vest but fell overboard, would the gentlemen, if they were close by, not be allowed to save him? Would they be ticketed if they tried to save him and they were not wearing a vest. I hope all animal lovers will steip forward, appear in court and pay these gentlemen’s fines. Kudos and heartfelt thanks to these 2 gentlemen.

  • pat

    I just hope that WJZ will follow up after the court date. I would like to find out how this turns out. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

    • Tonya

      I agree Pat!

    • LurkerBee

      There won’t be a court date. There’s no charge on the citation, hence nothing to put on the docket. The citation will be voided.

      • billy martin

        So what was this Public Servant’s point exactly?

  • Steven

    Ok, people a deer and a child is two different thing. A deer is a animal and a child is a person. Risking life for a child is understandable, not a deer, People like this should be locked up for being stupid, I hope that they have to pay the fine and all the court fee’s that go with it.

    • Karen Stanovich-Jordan

      Suppose it was your dog out there. Would you just let it die or try to save it?

      • Steven

        I would let it die. A dog life is not wrath as much as a humans life. As a firefighter we do not go in to a burning house to save a dog, we go in a burning house to save people. A dog or a deer is not wrath dieing over…….

      • Jane V.

        Steven, I am beginning to think SERIOUSLY about whom I would rescue. The deer and the dog are already in one category. You are edging toward a different one.

      • dw

        Steven i think more of my dogs than most people if you and one of my dogs were both drownding guess who would be saved

      • Fargenkneipper

        I’d throw you in to save it for me.

    • admin

      That’s about the dumbest statement I’ve read in quite some time. Why should anyone be fined or locked up for doing something like this? Who cares if they risked their own well-being. That’s their choice and they have the freedom to make that choice. Good grief. Whoever wrote a tickey for that is the idiot who needs to be locked up. More government intrusion telling people what they can and can’t do.

      • Chuck Ring

        But Steven, who I guess is saying he is a fireman, believes a pet/animal is not “wrath dieing for” Could he me “worth dying” for?

        Spelling again … I’ll be.

    • Jessi

      I don’t think it was stupid at all. As the article said “Good Samaritan” meaning they wanted to do the right thing, whether a child or an animal, they didn’t want to see it suffer. More people should be so kind.

    • Harry Callahan


      I hope that YOU, not your dog, fall through the ice one day and I hope that I’m there on the scene so that I can watch YOU drown.

      • katie


      • Rowwdy

        That is really sick Harry. Demented!

    • Debbie

      ITalk about being heartless, I suppose if it were your pet you would let it die as well….

    • katie

      Wow your an idiot.

    • Hairy Herry

      It comes down to how much one values a viable life. Sorry, but I don’t buy the human vs animal selection in this case if I’m not personally involved. As far as the officers and rescuers who fetch people from the ice are concerned, they didn’t accept their jobs at the point of a knife or other coercion. It’s no different than the good men and women volunteering to fight for the United States.
      It’s just like the stupid seat belt laws for adults, taking away our choices, saving no money, and making us more like the Sheeple we deserve to be if this charge isn’t fought.
      Wake the hell up, please!

  • Tonya

    Wow….DNR needs to retrain their officers I see!!!! Before you hand out tickets for something that was NOT illegal in any way, shape or form, you need to know the law you jackwagon!

  • charlie alvear

    these men should not have to waste their time even going to court,how ridiculous, the department of rejects, thats how i see it.

  • Karen

    My brother in law helped rescue this deer. We were watching fromn the bridge. They got it out, warmed it with blankets and took it to the park to be released. DNR told them to let it die. I praise these men who were out in the bitter cold saving a life. Way to go guys. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

    • Tonya

      Amen! It’s a living creature with feelings as well even if not human. If you have a heart you would have tried to save it someway, somehow! I would never forgive myself if I walked away from an animal who I could have at least tried to help! Karen your brother in law should be praised…God bless him!

    • kathy ward

      Amen… again!

  • Rebecca


    One would think that Natural Resources police would see the brevity of the situation in which the compassionate citizens saved the life of the deer. Hello.. it is the Holiday Season, who would let Rudolph drown? However, this is yet another instance of police abuse of power. If the officer did not even have the ability to identify the specific charge in the violation he issued, he certainly did not have the right to impose a fine. The is a blatant abuse of power and should be dismissed before it comes to trial by the officer’s supervisor.

  • julia white

    its crazy.. Kahlil and the other guy were within 3ft in the boat and DNR made them come back. so my son SCOTT BRYANT is the one whom actually Lassoed the deer and pulled her to the shore and up the bank. we all then put our coats and some other brought blankets and warmed the deer they carried her up and transported her to the park and let her go. DNR said to me” LET MOTHER NATURE DUE HER JOB, LET THE DEER DIE” that is INHUMANE.. she was freezing and suffering. Here my son is a deer hunter but even he couldnt watch her drown and die. I would think someone who works for DNR THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES should care and respect nature. EVEN THE POLICE WOMAN ON THE SCENE TRIED TO HELP THE BOYS.. DNR TOOK AWAY HER AUTHORITY.. SAID IT WAS THIER JURISDICTION.. unreal..

    • Ilsie

      Honestly? If the deer fell in the river, it WAS Mother Nature doing her job. While the young men’s hearts were in the right place, they interfered with a natural occurrence.

      What will likely happen is that the deer will end up dying of starvation or, as many have said, at rifle point. Most cities have to stage planned kills because when the deers have no place to go in a city setting, they go into people’s yards and into the parks and into other places where they can spread disease.

    • julia white

      also. the boys had a throw device and two of our life vests on the site. they werent wearing them but we had them..

    • caleb

      If the news media and PR wouldn’t get in the way, the proper thing for the DNR officer to do would have been to shoot the deer and stop the “rescue.” To the casual observer who wants to do things to make them feel better, it seems inhumane, but the fact is the deer will die anyway. Deer have an extremely high metabolism. That means the energy expended trying to stay warm and fight off the “rescuers” will probably cause it to starve, and deer deal very poorly with stress. Just stressing a deer can kill it. I’ve spent 15 years managing wildlife and I can tell you that you can’t “save” a deer, you can only be compassionate and put them out of their misery. The second reason the DNR officer should have shot the deer was to protect the lives of the rescuers that would need to be called to save the “rescuers” if they became trapped. A deer’s life is not worth a humans.

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