SUNRIVER, OR -- Sunriver firefighter Jeff 'JJ' Johnston's act of compassion caught on camera last week, has made him an Internet sensation and is earning him honors from an animal rights group.
Using a sled, Johnston gently nudged a deer toward shore, after it became marooned on an icy pond.
Amber Canavan, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says the organization will give the Sunriver station the 'Compassionate Fire Department Award.' "PETA is honoring the Sunriver Fire and Rescue for their bravery and determination in rescuing a deer who was trapped on a frozen pond. These rescue workers have set a tremendous example that we must always come to the aid of anyone who needs help, and local residents are lucky to have such kind and skilled emergency providers."
Canavan applauds Johnston's efforts, calling him an example of compassion. "We have sent them a Compassionate Fire Department award, and that's going to come with a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and a letter of congratulations, as well as a copy of the 'Engine 2 Diet,' which chronicles a Texas firefighter's 28-day plan for staying in prime, firefighting shape by eating vegan meals."
Canavan says it's important to call an emergency services provider any time you see an animal in need.