Clayton firefighters save fawn trapped in storm drain


CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Clayton firefighters helped save a fawn trapped 12-feet down in a storm water drain Friday, officials said.

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Shannon Casey called 911 around 3 p.m. about cries she heard coming from a drain in the Cobblestone neighborhood.

Clayton Animal Control Officer Angela Lee responded to the call and found fawn trapped 12-feet underground.

The fawn’s mother was pacing at the edge of nearby woods.

Lee called member of the Town of Clayton Fire Department’s C-shift due to their expertise in entering confined spaces, town officials said.

Two firefighters were then lowered into the drain.

As soon as rescuers hit the bottom, the fawn immediately jumped into the arms of firefighter Holly Holton.

Holton is also the town’s first female firefighter.

Lee checked out the fawn after it was pulled from the drain before releasing it to its waiting mother.

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