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Broward County firefighter helping with Irma relief efforts gives Key deer water

Endangered deer found in 'incredibly damaged' home in Keys

This thirsty Key deer drank four bottles of water that Lt. Nicholas Johnson gave to the endangered animal.
This thirsty Key deer drank four bottles of water that Lt. Nicholas Johnson gave to the endangered animal. (Monroe County)

KEY WEST, Fla. – A Broward County firefighter who was helping with the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in the Florida Keys stumbled upon a Key deer while surveying an "incredibly damaged" home.

"I don't know who was more scared, myself or the deer," Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue Lt. Nicholas Johnson said.

Johnson said the deer looked thirsty, so he got some bottles of water to give to the endangered animal. He said the deer drank all four bottles before running away.

"It's nice to help out the wildlife, as well as the citizens of Monroe County," Johnson said.

FIREFIGHTER HELPS DISTRESSED KEY DEER

This morning a fire crew from Delray Beach Fire Department was surveying some damaged residential structures as part of a Strike Team and came across a weakened Key deer inside. "I don't know who was more startled the deer or me," said Lieutenant Nicholas Johnson, who is part of the Strike team but works for Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue. "I am just glad to not only help the residents, but the wildlife as well." After four hand fed bottles of water, the buck gathered enough strength to run off. DISCLAIMER: This is an extraordinary circumstance involving a distressed deer and a trained first responder. Residents of the Florida Keys should contact Florida Fish and Wildlife if they come across a deer in distress.

Posted by Monroe County BOCC on Monday, September 18, 2017