WESTFIELD, NJ – Employees of the town’s Public Works Department undertook what was not your average storm-drain cleaning Thursday morning.

The workers rescued a baby deer, which had gotten stuck in a drain on Morris Avenue near Sherman Street. Residents Tina Macry and Suzanne Gaffney Vedder had found the fawn. Gaffney Vedder said her dog, named Lady, stopped by the drain and refused to leave the stranded deer.

“When we looked to see what she was looking at, we saw the cutest little fawn stuck in the drain,” Gaffney Vedder said. “Lady wasn’t going to leave until the deer was safe.”

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Members of the Westfield Public Works Department arrived within 10 minutes and ensured the safe rescue of the fawn, Gaffney Vedder told TAPinto Westfield.

“When they lifted the drain cover and went in to scoop her out she sounded like she was yelling ‘MAAAA, MAAAA,’ she said. “Momma and her herd never went far, and the fawn awkwardly ran off in the woods where the herd [waited].”

Gaffney Vedder offered thanks to the DPW employees who helped in the rescue. She noted that with rain forecast for the evening, the fawn would have been in a dangerous spot.

At 3:20 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the region including Westfield. The watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.

In a statement posted to Facebook Thursday evening, the town offered thanks to DPW employees Rich Eubanks, Charles Elliot, Manny Maris and John Russitano, along with Macry and Gaffney Vedder for the successful rescue.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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