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Mastic FD Rescues School of Ducklings from High School Storm Drain

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | August 05, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 080520106

Mastic, NY - On August 5th at about 3:00 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was called to the William Floyd High School at 240 Mastic Beach Road for an animal rescue report.

Lt. Rudy Sunderman [5-12-70] arrived on scene moments later and advised that he had about seven or eight ducklings down a storm drain on the north side of the school. He was joined moments later by Chief Rudy Sunderman, Jr. [5-12-30], who requested an Engine to respond as well as the Marine incident response truck [5-12-8]. Engine 5-12-2 and MIRT Truck 8 both responded in.

Firefighters removed the storm drain cover and assessed the situation. Firefighter Ian Arthur was gently lowered down via a ladder placed in the storm drain, while buckets were provided to him to quickly and gently place the ducklings in to be removed from the drain.

Thanks to the quick thinking of the firefighters under the command of Chief Sunderman, nine baby ducklings were successfully rescued.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.