Kansas City officers help rescue deer in thunderstorm
Two Kansas City police officers helped to save a deer that was trapped on a bridge in the middle of a thunderstorm early Sunday.
Officer Jason Rains was driving along Blue River Road at the 87th Street intersection when he saw a small deer run onto the bridge. Rains said he followed the deer to make sure that no one hit her.
The deer started to slide on the wet pavement and got spooked by the passing traffic. Rains said the deer tried to jump over the concrete barrier on the bridge, but would have fallen 100 feet into the Blue River.
"When I got there, actually, her whole body was shaking," Rains said.
Sgt. Steven Sandusky arrived and helped Rains keep traffic away from the deer.
Rains said he didn't initially know why the deer wasn't getting up.
"She was just lying there, shaking," Rains said. "Her leg was caught in one of those drainage holes on the bridge. It was her entire leg, all the way up to her body."
He said that he and Sandusky worried that they might have to put the deer down.
Rains reached out and helped free the doe's leg. Sandusky was able to lead the deer off the bridge and over to a wooded area by the Firefighter's Memorial.
"I walked over to her and I said, 'OK, let's go,'" Sandusky said. "And I just walked her like I would my dog."
He said he had a rope ready but didn't need it. He just nudged the doe with his police baton.
"She wanted to stay right with me. So I would guide her if she would go out. If she'd get too close I'd push her away. If she'd get too far, I'd reel her back in," Sandusky said.
He said he walked her to the Memorial, where there was a patch of grass. The deer collapsed from exhaustion.
"I came back an hour later, and she was gone," Rains said.
Sandusky said the experience was like nothing that's ever happened to him in his career. And it came loaded with an emotional punch.
"That was intense. That was wonderful. That was a great feeling. I got to help her," he said.
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