Ducklings Saved by Emergency Responders

Ridgewood police and fire rescued ducklings from a storm drain Friday morning.

There were no bad guys to catch or fires to put out Friday morning. Instead, police and firemen saved a troop of ducklings from a storm drain in Ridgewood's business district.

The day started out normally enough. At about 9 a.m.  Chief John Ward was nearby checking pedestrian safety issues when he got a call of an animal trauma on S. Broad and Hudson streets.

"Upon my arrival one mother duck was waiting nearby for assistance," he laughed, adding the fire department also responded. "The other seven ducklings were making their presence known in the storm drain adjacent to the crosswalk."

The ducks, Ward said, appeared to be crossing the road – not in the crosswalk, which would have prevented the storm drain issue – and just happened to fall in. 

"The ducklings were shifting back and forth between another storm drain closer to ," he said. "We opened both storm drains and tried to corral them. Literally we were picking them up and putting them onto the sidewalk with the mother."

"It was cute how protective the mother was," added Cpt. Paul Monton. "It was quite striking how she protected her young. It just shows you how that instinct is instilled in nature."

At one point a couple ducklings jumped back into the storm drain out of fear, as others hopped into street, prompting officers to halt and direct traffic.

The ducklings were rescued within 15 minutes of the first report, responders said.

The ducks are becoming fairly well known in town. The mother stopped by a couple weeks ago and has been spotted by Van Neste Square. It appears she's given birth within the past few weeks.

Later on Friday morning, having escaped peril, the ducks were spotted sunbathing in the lawn of nearby .

"All in all," said Monton, "it was a good day for the ducks."

Boyd A. Loving May 04, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The key issue is who the ducks will be supporting in Tuesday's Village Council election.
James Kleimann May 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I imagine they'll be in support of candidates favored by the Hawes districts.
James Kleimann May 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Also, I want to thank Mr. Loving for his great photos. I was in the shower when I heard about this and by the time I got to Broad St. everyone was gone.
RdgwdGRock May 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
don't duck the election; get out and vote
jp1 May 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Nice to see and hear good news for a change.
Rock May 04, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Council: Now who is going to pay for this? Duck: Just put it on my bill
No One May 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Were charges placed against the mother duck with regards to child endangerment?
James Kleimann May 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
No, but I should note that the father could not be located.
Marcia Ringel May 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
When is the annual duck walk at Hawes School? Can people not connected to the school go?
James Kleimann May 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It's usually in late April. Not sure about the second question.
Lee R. May 04, 2012 at 10:30 PM
It's Ridgewood's own, "Make Way for Ducklings".
Marcia Ringel May 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
These adorable photos were taken last spring and published at bergen.com last summer. http://www.bergen.com/family/education/Unusual_Tradition_The_duckling_parade_at_Hawes_School_in_Ridgewood.html
timruah January 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM
You people in Ridgewood are blessed to have a Police Chief who's strong, compassionate — and cute!


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