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Sunday, September 23, 2018
This anxious mother duck watched closely as South Whitehall Patrol Officer Kevin Azar and St. Luke’s West End Fitness Trainer Jeff Baker ponder the fate of her ducklings. They fell through the storm sewer grate at the Cetronia Road entrance to St. Luke’s West End complex, South Whitehall.PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography This anxious mother duck watched closely as South Whitehall Patrol Officer Kevin Azar and St. Luke’s West End Fitness Trainer Jeff Baker ponder the fate of her ducklings. They fell through the storm sewer grate at the Cetronia Road entrance to St. Luke’s West End complex, South Whitehall.PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Momma duck, help is on the way for your babies. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Momma duck, help is on the way for your babies. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Cetronia firefighter Shawn Peischl enters a manhole to retrieve the lost ducklings. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Cetronia firefighter Shawn Peischl enters a manhole to retrieve the lost ducklings. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
press photos by lou wheelandThe six lucky ducklings are on their way to a reunion with their mother. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography press photos by lou wheelandThe six lucky ducklings are on their way to a reunion with their mother. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

Emergency workers help reunite mom and babies

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall police, members of the public works water department and Cetronia firefighters were called out June 6 to help a lost family at the intersection of Cetronia Road and St. Luke’s West End Medical Center, South Whitehall.

A mother duck had her ducklings out for a stroll through the neighborhood when suddenly all of them disappeared.

After a careful search by South Whitehall Patrol Officer Kevin Azar, and Jeff Baker, fitness trainer at St. Luke’s West End Fitness Center, the babies were found in a storm drain near Cetronia Road.

Cetronia firefighters soon arrived and entered the drain to locate the missing ducklings.

The drain system at that location is a confluence of multiple drains and the ducklings beat a hasty retreat from their intended rescuer, firefighter Shawn Peischl.

Azar contacted the township and asked the water department to send a crew to help open a manhole cover.

Once opened, Peischl entered and found all six ducklings in a huddle.

A small box was used to transport the ducklings to the surface.

In the meantime, the mother duck had fled the scene, returning to their home in the large drainage pond along Broadway.

The ducklings were taken to the area and the mother duck immediately recognized her family and escorted them back to the pond.