Man saves deer from Red Deer River

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted

An in­ter­est­ing video taken on De­cem­ber 10 by Laura Dougan, has sur­faced and is trend­ing on­line lately of a man res­cu­ing a deer from a frozen river near Drumheller. A lo­cal man, Matthew Paproski, donned a life jacket and climbed down the bank and at­tempts to res­cue the deer from the Red Deer River.

A video edited by Jon Shep­pard and Star­land Stu­dios shows the doe’s en­tire body sub­merged un­der icy wa­ter as the man waded into the river through the ice. He then gets around be­hind the deer which mo­ti­vates the deer to head to­wards shore. The deer and the man strug­gle for a few mo­ments be­fore the deer is able to get on top of the ice and slide safely to shore.

Matt said, “I hap­pen to be an ex-fire­fighter with mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence and do not rec­om­mend those with­out ex­pe­ri­ence to do such things in case they get them­selves in trou­ble.” He was most ner­vous when he was in wa­ter next to the deer and they were eye to eye and knew he could be hurt, un­til he re­al­ized how weak she was. It took a rope around her and a last burst of en­ergy to lift her out of the wa­ter. Matt con­tin­ued to say that it made him laugh to see her slide on the ice in her haste to get away to safety. “This made me re­al­ize how im­por­tant it is to help any an­i­mal that’s in dis­tress if you can.”

He would like to thank April DeSmet, Ted and Peggy Gin­ger, his on shore help and Brian Yan­ish from Mar­ket­ingHits for help­ing him to get the word out on so­cial me­dia ask­ing peo­ple to share the video that en­cour­ages others to help an­i­mals in need.

For­mer fire­fighter and film­maker Matthew Paproski, ven­tured out on to the ice of the Red Deer River to save a deer caught in the river. The event which hap­pened on De­cem­ber 10 was cap­tured on film and has been mak­ing its rounds on so­cial me­dia.

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