Raccoon rescue

Ryan Trumble Raccoon RescueRyan Trumble is a Field Service Technician (FST) in Pequot Lake, Minn. He’s also a fire fighter with the Pine River Fire Department and he’s now probably a hero to one baby raccoon.

On Friday, June 14, the Pine River Fire Department, Backus Fire Department, and members of two other fire departments participated in a training burn. According to the Lake Country Echo and Pine River Journal a local family donated a two floor home for the training exercise.

Before the exercise started fire fighters went into the vacant home and made sure nothing was living inside. Trumble says, “We do that before every exercise. But no matter how thorough you think you’ve been there’s always one or two spots where an animal can hide.”

That’s just what happened. Trumble says the first exercise started on the second floor. As soon as the fire started a male raccoon escaped to the roof. A few minutes later a female raccoon ran out the front door. Trumble believes there was a crawl space or area they weren’t able access in the attic where the raccoons were hiding.

It was during one of the exercises that Billy Rickard, a fire fighter with the Pequot Lakes Fire Department and spouse of TDS employee Kristine Rickard, spotted a baby raccoon near the bottom of a flight of stairs. He collected the raccoon, got it outside, and handed it to Trumble. A few moments later a reporter for the local paper captured the above picture of Trumble and the raccoon as he walked it to safety.

Trumble says he’s participated in close to 100 training exercises in his career. But this one was unique for obvious reasons. He says the raccoon was scared as he carried it to safety. The Rickard family watched for the raccoon overnight. They named it “Smokey.” The next day it was taken to a veterinarian for care.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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