A frightened Key deer was spotted in harm’s way during the Big Pine Key brush fires in the Florida Keys. A brave firefighter took a risk by following the frightened fawn when it fled into the flames.
Monroe County Fire firefighter Jen Shockley Brack and her fellow firefighters were called out to protect homes and property during the sporadic flare-ups in late April.
The fires reached a portion of the Key Deer National Preserve.
It was whilst Brack was protecting a home that she spotted the tiny Key deer through the smoke and flames.
“I saw this little guy run out and he was terrified,” she said, as reported by CBS Miami. “He was scared to death and his little legs were shaking.”
Upon running into each other, the spooked fawn initially evaded Brack by running straight into the inferno.
When Brack caught sight of the fawn, her heart went out to it, and she had only one thought in her mind—that was to make sure that it would not be harmed by the kindling flames.
She informed her partner that she was going after it.
“I wasn’t scared, I saw his big eyes and he was so scared and trembling, I just had to get him,” she said. “He was all by himself and running for his life into the fire.”
“I jumped into the flames and saved the little guy.”
Brack said she found the tiny fawn hiding in a burning brush trembling in fear, but luckily it kept still as she approached it tentatively.
“I think he knew I was there to help him,” she said.
Brack luckily caught the deer in her arms and escaped from the brush to safety.
After the fawn was brought to safety, it was wrapped in a sheet and given a checkup, water, and oxygen.
After a photo session with the thrilled firefighters, when the coast was clear and the fires simmered down, the beautiful baby was released.
Thank heavens for the brave firefighter who made a great start with the fire department after only being with them for three months.
She made it her responsibility to save its life.
Kudos to you, girl!
Watch the story in the video below:
SATURDAY SMILE: Monroe County firefighter Jen Shockley Brack rescued this fawn from a brush fire in the Florida Keys.
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