Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Deputy Tim McTaggart
Hire Date: 09/07/2004
Deputy Kevin Lewis
Hire Date: 07/15/1996
George Lontakis (Trapper)
Mike Wyers (Homeowner)
4303 Radcliffe Drive, Palm Harbor
Deputies responded to a Palm Harbor home and along with a trapper and assisted a small doe out of the residential spa.
The incident occurred at about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The incident occurred at a private residence located at 4303 Radcliffe Drive in the Lansbrook subdivision in Palm Harbor.
According to deputies, this morning a small doe ran through the pool screen of the Palm Harbor home and fell into the spa. The homeowner identified as Mike Wyers called the Sheriff’s Office and advised the deer had apparently been knocked unconscious. He further advised that when the deer regained consciousness, it could not get out of the spa on its own efforts.
Deputy Tim McTaggert and Deputy Kevin Lewis arrived on scene and threw a blanket over the deer’s head to help keep it calm. The blanket was then removed because it was getting wet. At that point Deputy McTaggert held the doe’s head and neck in a stable position for several minutes, until further help arrived.
Trapper George Lontakis arrived on scene and he and Deputy McTaggert together lifted the doe out of the spa.
Once out, the deer sat for a minute, got its bearings, and ran off into a nearby wooded area.
The Wyers family contacted the Sheriff’s Office to thank the deputies for their actions.
Images of the rescue can be seen in the following Sheriff’s Office YouTube link: