HUNTINGTON LAKE – Allowing readers a rare glimpse into the softer side of firefighting, Tami Rold-Sanchez shared photographs her Hotshot husband Rafael Sanchez took today of some fellow Crane Valley Hotshots caring for a young fawn separated from its mother.
Based out of North Fork, the Crane Valley Hotshots are staying busy this week fighting lightning fires up at Huntington Lake.
The cell phone images show Hotshots Travis Ressler and Dennis Lujano with the little tiny deer, making an effort to keep the nearly-newborn alive while its situation gets sorted out.
“These two are trying to hydrate this baby fawn that was either abandoned or became lost from its mother due to the fire,” explains Tami, cousin to both Ressler and Lujano. “They’re trying to keep it safe while they wait. The sweet baby can hardly walk.”
They’re waiting because Department of Fish and Wildlife responders give 24-hours’ time to see if the fawn’s mama comes back to retrieve her wee package on her own.
Ideally, the services of Fish and Wildlife won’t be needed because the pair will reunite naturally.
Meanwhile, it’s good to know our local Hotshots are watching out for creatures great and small.
“All these men and women work so hard to keep our forest and homes safe,” Tami says. “The community deserves to see a little bit of what these guys are about.”
Thanks for sharing.
Keep us posted, and stay safe out there.