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PH firefighters rescue pair of ducklings from sewer


— Anyone familiar with the intersection of U.S. 19 and Tampa Road knows that no news involving that general area typically means good news.

That’s because updates generally involve an accident, lane blockages, delays and hundreds of headaches.

Monday brought a welcomed reprieve when two young, fuzzy ducklings were rescued from a sewer near the intersection.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received a call about the ducklings in distress around 9 a.m., according to a press release from public information officer Liz Monforti.

After an hour’s worth of effort, Lt. Bill Fisher and firefighter-paramedic Dustin Seabolt rescued the little quackers and reunited them with its mother and siblings in a nearby pond.

The crew’s efforts were praised later in the day by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Chief Craig Maciuba, who relayed a message he received from a resident that witnessed the ordeal.

“I received a call from (a resident) about the duckling rescue you all participated in this morning,” Maciuba said. “He advised that you all did an outstanding job and that his overall impression was that you all were not going to leave until the ducklings were out of the sewer they had fallen in and were safe. He spoke highly of your dedication and professionalism to the community in general and is very proud to live in this community.

“I wanted to say that what you did goes a long way to maintain our community support and respect.”