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Cops Rescue Baby Deer Trapped Down Manhole in Mount Sinai

Landscapers found the deer inside a 20-foot deep manhole on vacant lot under construction.

Several Suffolk County police officers on Thursday afternoon rescued a baby deer trapped in a 20-foot deep manhole, after landscapers working near a construction site in Mount Sinai stumbled upon the frightened animal.

The manhole was on a piece of property near Route 25A and Nesconset Highway.

Emergency service officers Tobie Monaco, Billy Judge, Dan Coan and Walter Justincic arrived on the scene at about 5 p.m. to try to save the deer. After testing the manhole to make sure it was safe, Justincic donned a breathing mask and was lowered by his fellow officers down the manhole to strap a harness on the fawn, who police said was crying but seemed healthy.

By 8 p.m. the baby deer was out of the manhole, and when it was released it ran into the woods.

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james brandenstein August 04, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It was supposed to be a strip mall , but with the recession it was abandoned .
Mels Ditties August 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The newest sign on that property says coming soon Thomasville Furniture.... Yesterday there were work crews there, actually clearing land....Hopefully it will actually get built (unlike the defunct shopping center)...
Rose Scotto August 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Nice to see some positive press about the SCPD for a change. We always read about negative issues but no one seems to publicly acknowledge the acts of bravery and humanity they perform every day!!!
Greg Martinez August 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Rescuing this deer is great practice for the real work of the SCPD of protecting people. These officers can apply this experience to the rescuing of children from similar situations. The bonus is that this young deer can grow into an adult and make for some tasty venison.
meg supeck January 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM
awesome guys

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