, Derry, New Hampshire


May 15, 2014

Editorial: All in the line of duty

It was a rescue along the fowl line Monday for Derry police Officer Seth Plumer and Animal Control Officer Marlene Bishop.

When nine of a mother mallard’s 12 ducklings slipped through a storm grate on Crystal Avenue, the officers — and the public — responded.

Plumer blocked traffic on the busy street and kept an eye on mama duck and her two babies above ground until Bishop arrived.

Then, in an effort as smooth as a Pedroia-Napoli double play, the uniformed rescuers scooped nine little ducklings into a net and reunited the family.

Customers at Monster Gas helped, too, herding the wayward ducklings away from traffic will their siblings were rescued.

There will be no Medals of Honor, no citations from the VFW, no gubernatorial notice.

But something as simple as rescuing some fluffy ducklings from the murky depths of a storm drain along a busy highway matters.

The response to the rescue story and photographs shows that.

Every once in a while, everyone needs a dose of good news, a happy ending. Plumer and Bishop gave us that. Thanks, officers.

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