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First Responders Spotlight: Feathered friend rescued by RPD

First Responders Spotlight

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Well, police are out usually catching jail birds..but this next officer in our First Responders spotlight, came to the rescue of one of our feathered friends. 

Officer Farrell and his patrol partner got a call on July 8 for a broken bird in a backyard in the Lake Section. “And I’m going ‘there’s no way it can be a falcon’. And then once we get there, sure enough it’s a falcon,” Farrell said.

Farrell, also a Marine Corps veteran, is no stranger to acting quickly and doing more than required. “I really have no training in administering aid to a falcon…”

But that didn’t stop Farrell. With the help of residents, he wrapped the bird in a blanket and waited until “animal first responders” if you will, were able to collect the raptor and bring it to safety.

Investigator Jackie Shuman says the goodies given by Dunkin to Officer Farrell are well-deserved. “He went well and beyond what he needed to do. Some people would have called animal control, I mean, what do you do in that case? We don’t run into falcons very often in our job, you know?”

Farrell says his job is never routine, but it’s service above all, for man or bird, that keeps him here with RPD. ” I love serving the folks and the community…and the animals too.”

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