A Springfield police officer helped rescued nine ducklings from a storm drain Wednesday morning.
Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News Officer Rafael Vega was holding a “Coffee with a Cop” event when a woman alerted him to the ducklings on Parker Street.
Walsh said the woman sent the police department a Facebook message thanking the officer after the ducklings were saved.
“He even positioned his car to protect the very worried mama duck from getting hit,” she said in the message.
Springfield DPW and Braman Termite & Pest Elimination also helped save the baby ducks.
The full message sent to Springfield police is below:
“I just wanted to say thank you to the officer that helped rescue some baby wood duck chicks that had fallen into a storm drain on Parker Street this AM. I happened upon the officer at a gas station at Cooley St 4 corners. He agreed to come and take a look and called the DPW to come and pull off the storm drain so the chicks could be scooped out. He even positioned his car to protect the very worried mama duck from getting hit. I know our officers often do dangerous things to keep the citizens of Springfield safe, and I’m just grateful to have found one this AM that was as keen to save those ducks as I was. Thanks again for your service!”