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Coopersburg Police, Public Works Save Ducklings from Storm Drain

Coopersburg police and public works help 'Make Way for the Ducklings' rescuing seven from storm drain.

In the popular children's book "Make Way for the Ducklings," a family of ducks makes its way from its home by a river to the public garden with the help of some friendly policemen. 

Well, the fictional story of Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack (the ducklings in the story) has nothing on the and the department. 

Just like in the story, a family of seven ducklings tried to cross Main Street at Fairmount following their mother. 

Unlike the ducks in the story, the "Coopersburg Seven" were too small to make it over a sewer grate. And in they fell. 

According to sources close to the incident, police responded to a call from a concerned citizen who noticed the mother duck circling the grate. When police arrived, they found the mother duck trying to reach her ducklings under the drain. 

Officers William Nahrgang and  contacted public works for help freeing the feathered family. 

With the help of Coopersburg public works officials Ron Reiss and Ken Ritter, and a trusty frontloader, the four men were able to pry the metal storm grate up. Reiss then went down into the drain and handed up the ducklings one by one till each was safe and sound. 

The family, reunited, waddled away. They were unable to be reached for comment.

Michele Stanten July 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Sweet story that I enjoyed sharing with my 4-year-old! Refreshing change from all the horrible news we hear so often. Kudos to the Coopersburg Police and Public Works department.
Laura Homza August 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Awwww. What a wonderful group of people!!! Thank you and bless you all for your good deed. Pats on the back to the town of Coopersburg. ...my mom"s hometown. ------Laura from Maryland

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