Angels Among Us: Trapped duck rescued in Steveston

Putting out fires and rescuing people from burning homes is what most people associate firefighters with, but on Sunday, four Richmond firefighters were believed to have saved a young duck that was trapped in a storm drain.

Jennifer Anderson, a long-time Richmond resident, was studying the workings of a storm drain pump in Steveston when she noticed what appears to be a young duck trapped and “paddling around in the slurry” on June 21.

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She told the Richmond News that it was about seven feet below the grid and had no idea how she could get to it or how it got there.

“I spoke to four firefighters who were standing nearby having their coffee to see if they had any idea of how to get (to) the stranded duck,” said Anderson, adding that they “immediately” help lifted the grid but the duck was still too far of a reach.

“These wonderful men were so concerned as they, myself as well, felt it was doomed to die there.”

The firefighters and Anderson parted ways after replacing the grid when they couldn’t do much for the rescue mission.

Anderson said she had a “gut feeling” the four frontline workers wouldn’t just leave it as is so she returned the following morning and found the duck was gone, as well as other things that were in the storm drain.

“I noticed the ‘sludge’ had been all stirred up, all old bottles and debris removed … plus the grid had noticeable been moved and replaced,” said Anderson, adding that she is guessing the firefighters found a way to save the young duck.

“I want to thank them, and those who they probably reached out to, for helping the young duck in need and to humour a wildlife lover.”

Angels Among Us is an on-going series dedicated to all the mysterious community members who have done acts of joy and optimism for others during a difficult time. Email us at editor@richmond-news.com to share your story.

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