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Make Way for Ducklings -- Plainfield Fire Department Comes to the Rescue

Nine baby ducks caught in a sewer grate near the CVS store had to be rescued and assisted across Route 59.

Oh, the pitfalls of suburban life.

You're born, you're walking ... and the next thing you know, you're in the sewer. And not just you, but your eight siblings, too, all of whom have marched right in behind you.

It happens every year, Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said: Baby ducks that need rescuing. In this case, it was from the sewer grate in front of the at 11840 S. Route 59.

Stratton said they received the call Monday from a CVS customer, who saw a duck nesting along the side of Route 59 and went to investigate, Stratton said. As she got closer, she could hear chirping, and -- lo-and-behold -- there sat nine days-old ducklings on a ledge about 3.5 feet below, he said.

She called for help, and the fire department and a community service officer arrived, armed with nets.

It didn't take much to get the duck family on their way again, freeing them from their temporary prison and helping them cross Route 59 en route to the pond behind the , Stratton said.

"It was the prettiest thing you've ever seen," he said. "It (was) just nice to see all 11 of them (the mother and father ducks included) swimming around."

Zaney April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
PFD....you rock!
Alexa April 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree...awesome jobs, guys! What a heartwarming story!
Sheila Raddatz April 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Too cool! Now, if we could just help those poor turtles that try to cross 119th during mating season....

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