Deputy Carries Deer to Safety (video)

Responding to a car versus deer accident in Huron County in Michigan last Friday, Deputy Ryan Swartz performed a potentially life-saving rescue of an unusual sort. No one was injured in the car but Swartz found a doe standing dazed in the middle of the road. The deer did not move when Swartz walked up to it and continued to stand still; the deputy had to think about how to get the deer off the road, for its own safety and that of other motorists.

So he picked up the deer and carried her off the road as you can see in this video, which was captured via the patrol car’s camera.

Afterwards, the deer stood on the side of the road for another ten minutes. Swartz said that he approached it again and “pet the deer behind its ears and it got its wits back together and it took off running.” He continued to watch the deer in the woods for some minutes and determined that, despite being hit by a Buick, it seemed healthy.

So often here in New Jersey we see deer lying on the side of the road after being hit by a car.  Good to know that Swartz didn’t let that happen to the doe, especially as he found her frozen in the middle of the road on the very eve of deer hunting season.

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193 comments

stacy modra
stacy modra4 years ago

poor little thing...glad he got her off the road

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Jennifer Paintre
Jennifer P.4 years ago

Wow that poor deer really was in a daze! I was thinking she had internal injuries with the way she wouldn't move... looked like something was seriously wrong. Hopefully she just got her chimes rung and then snapped out of it! Hope she is ok, and thank you to the officer for caring for her!

Brigid C.
Brigid C.4 years ago

thank you deputy Schwartz. People need to see that police officers do a lot of different things, and as an animal lover this is just great

Jingli Z.
Jingli Z.4 years ago

Wat a nice man!

Gillian Miller
Gillian M.4 years ago

This deputy must be a good cop, far too many people don't care.

I was driving home after a late meeting and saw a fawn run across the road in front of me through a hedge & into a garden so I slammed on the brakes. I sat there for a moment and then the mother race across after it. I was happy that I hadn't hit them and was just about to move off when another faw ran across the road and hit the hedge and bounce back. It ran back across the road. So I sat in the middle of the road blocking traffice for about 10 minutes until the mother reappeared and called. The fawn ran to Mum and they both disappeared again.

In the meantime a few cars had collected behind me and when I told them what happened were prepared to wait to give the fawn a chance. It is amazing what people will do if asked nicely.

Mauricio M.
Mauricio M.4 years ago

ooow...!!

Jey S
Jeanne Schlatter4 years ago

That is so sweet. You can tell the deer was dazed just by the way she stood there. It's so great that the officer was able to help her.

Jey S
Jeanne Schlatter4 years ago

That is so sweet. You can tell the deer was dazed just by the way she stood there. It's so great that the officer was able to help her.

Jey S
Jeanne Schlatter4 years ago

That is so sweet. You can tell the deer was dazed just by the way she stood there. It's so great that the officer was able to help her.