JAMESTOWN – Add a new job description to be an employee of the Jamestown Public Works Department.
Besides general maintenance and repair of public roads, buildings and parks, employees of the public works department also rescue fawns.
Earlier this month, Mark Roetzer, the city’s assistant civil engineer, Al Spunaugle, Department of Public Works, and Dana Forness, Department of Public Works, went to great lengths to save a young deer after it was fell into a sump near the Sprague Street Bridge.
“I don’t know if you know what a drop entrance looks like, but it’s a metal grate with a cutout at the curb. The hole is only about 6 inches, but he managed to fall in there and when he got to the bottom he was crying,” Roetzer said about the fawn. “The mother was across the street. We just couldn’t leave it in there.
Roetzer said the fawn fell about 5 feet deep, then crawled through a pipe and fell another 5 feet onto a concrete pier below the bridge.
“The only way for him to escape would have been to swim” Roetzer said. “We were able to get a ladder and get on it. I put a blanket over it. It was really quiet. Because it was so quiet, I was able to carry him up the ladder.
Roetzer said Forness saw the deer fall into the sump, but due to an earlier engagement had to leave. Roetzer said Spunaugle recovered the ladder used to save the fawn.
“It’s just one of those things. You see something in trouble that can’t help it, and a part of you just needs to help it. Roetzer said.
Jeff Lehman, the city’s director of public works, said the whole incident happened after the employees’ shift ended.
“It was great to see our guys stepping in after hours,” he said. “They came down and saved the little deer and got him back on the road.”
It wasn’t the only animal rescue this month. On May 7, a Jamestown police officer went to the Chadakoin River to retrieve a distressed dog that had entered the water. The video of the dog’s rescue has gone viral.