City firefighter rescues lost swan

Published: November 3, 2006 | 4996th good news item since 2003

A BRAVE bird was stopped in its tracks by one of Worcester’s retained firefighters

Keith Sheppard, a technician at Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s Transport and Stores on Hylton Road, rescued a swan as it wandered away from the river

The 49-year-old said he was coming off a break when he saw the swan walking up the side of the Worcester News building and up the alleyway towards Henwick Road

“We phoned Swan Rescue but they said it would be three hours before they could get anyone there, and if it was OK I could pick it up,” he said

“I picked it up by its neck

I knew how to do it because I’m a retained firefighter and I have seen Swan Rescue do it.

“I took it back to the river, and it swam off quite happily.”

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