With a little help from friends, a fawn that had fallen into the spillway under Blair Falls on Main Street and became trapped was rescued, and one township police officer was left with a uniform and shoes to dry out.
On June 13th, at approximately 9 p.m., Blairstown police responded to several calls that the fawn was stuck in the water.
Cpl. Richard Herzer jumped into the spillway, about an eight-foot drop, to help the animal escape the vertical walls that line the west side of the waterway. Fortunately, the water was only a foot or two deep because of the recent dry weather.
With the help of Det. Joseph Beach and a number of bystanders, Cpl. Herzer was able to get the animal out of the water and send it on its way up the riverbank.
Blairstown Police Chief Scott Johnsen said he and the department appreciate the help of the passersby who assisted in the rescuing the fawn.
“The officers, with the help of some bystanders, were able to rescue the deer from the water,” Johnsen said. “Thank you to all who helped!”
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.
Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.
Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.
Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.