…because the Lakewood, Wa police officer stopped traffic to let her (and her ducklings):
Carrell was off duty Monday and driving his patrol car back to the station. About 9 a.m., he noticed a car stopped on the westbound highway’s left lane near Interstate 5. Carrell saw a mama duck and about 10 ducklings near the median. The other car drove off, and Carrell positioned his vehicle to shield the ducks. Eventually, the family began its trek across three lanes of traffic.
One duckling veered from the group, so Carrell set off his air horn, which sounds a lot like a quack. It made all the ducks sit and got the little one back in line, he said. Carrell then got out of his car to escort them across the exit lane. With mama duck quacking at him, the group found its way safely into a ravine.
When it was done, Carrell dropped off his patrol car off and drove to Oregon with his wife and 7-month-old daughter to visit relatives. He didn’t know he would become a Web sensation. A state Department of Transportation camera captured his good deed, and the video is now on the Internet.
-The News Tribune
People have been calling the Lakewood police to express gratitude to Officer Dustin Carrell; if you’d like to add your voice to the chorus, you can contact the department here:
Lakewood Police Department
5504 112th St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
That light we see is burning in my hall.
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
— The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1
by William Shakespeare [1564-1616]
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