Officer responds to call of injured deer, but before animal control arrives—he does the unthinkable

What a day.
June 13, 2018 5:31 pm Last Updated: June 13, 2018 5:31 pm

A police officer’s job is often unpredictable.

Sure, you can assume you’ll have to run after a suspect at least once every few weeks or arrest someone on a Friday or Saturday night for driving while under the influence, but there’s just some things you can’t predict.

A Washington Township police officer responded to a call involving a deer and a car.

Around 3:30 a.m. on May 20, Officer Vernon of the Washington Township Police Department answered a call about a deer that had been hit by a car.

The New Jersey police officer realized that the doe was pregnant and though she had been killed by the impact, her babies were still alive.

At the start of his shift Vernon never could have anticipated he would be delivering a fawn.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Sunday, May 20, 2018

After animal control was contacted, Vernon had to make a quick decision. It appeared that the two fawns were still alive inside their deceased mother, but Vernon didn’t know how long they had.

He decided to perform an emergency c-section.

Vernon was able to save one of the fawns before animal control arrived.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Robert Lagonera, the responding animal control officer, shared on the police department’s Facebook page that when he arrived at the scene, Vernon had already performed the c-section, leaving him to care for the fawn.

“I arrived and took it home to dry it off and get it warm while rubbing its chest to help the underdeveloped lungs work,” Lagonera wrote.

Lagonera took the surviving fawn home to care for it.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Sunday, May 20, 2018

And as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one early morning, shortly after Lagonera arrived home with the premature fawn he was called out again.

This time a horse had wandered away from its paddock, and guess who the responding Washington Township police officer was … Officer Vernon.

Both the animal control officer and police officer were able to get the horse back in its enclosure.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Following the incident with the horse Lagonera turned his attention back to the fawn.

“No amount of coffee is too much today lol,” he wrote.