Saturday, 2:15 PM
What's good for the goose ... is a rescue from the ice
(George Rizer/Globe Staff)
Niklason inched forward on the ice rescue sled, then raised his arms to scare off the bird.
By Globe Staff
Calls from concerned workers at an office park brought West Bridgewater firefighters to a nearly frozen pond today, where an injured goose was frozen in the ice.
When approached by Firefighter David Niklason wearing a cold water rescue suit, the bird scrambled away, eventually heading for the nearby woods.
Fire Chief Leonard Hunt said the department attempted the rescue to keep well-meaning good Samaritans off the ice.
“We look at it from the point of view of, if we don’t go do it, then somebody, a civilian, will try to do it. And we’ll end up with a civilian rescue,” said Hunt. “We tell people all the time if you see something like that, call us.”
Hunt said it’s also good practice for ice rescue techniques. “It gives the guys a chance to do it after going the whole summer without having to do that kind of thing.”
Hunt said the goose had a broken wing that had become stuck in the ice.