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The Moose Jaw Fire Department jumped to action when they got the call about a four-legged creature who needed their help.Firefighters save deer photo from fire department 3All photos courtesy of the Moose Jaw Fire Department.

Wednesday morning saw crews headed into Wakamow Valley near the water when they noticed an animal had fallen through some thin ice and needed help.

"We got a call from somebody at CPR who noticed a deer had fallen through the ice on the river by Plaxton's Lake," explained Captain Chris Ozog. "We went out with our boat and our Mustang survival suits to go see if we could help the little fella out."

Captain Ozog said their relief efforts didn't stop there, as they noticed the deer didn't have enough energy left to make it back to land. 

"We had a couple members go in the water, and they broke the ice so we could get the deer near shore, but it was too tired to make it up the shore itself so we got a rope around it and dragged it up. It laid down for a while...once the guys had him out, he stood up and took off, so it was all good."

 Not only did they save the life of an innocent animal, but Ozog noted it was good practice for his team, especially at the beginning of the coldest season.

"We've had a few with the early ice like this where it's thin and we've had dogs go in before. I believe this is the first deer we've had to do. It's great training... it's not a human in there, but we still tried our best and it worked out really good. It's always good training to get in there and do the real thing."

The firefighters posted the incident to social media to warn residents that the ice is extremely thin right now, and we should all be taking precautions when near it. 

Firefighters save deer photo from fire department 2

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