UOPD officers save fowl from fire
Thanksgiving week is normally the time that turkeys hope for a pardon, but two University of Oregon police officers provided salvation on Monday for some chickens instead.
Officer Zack Hermens was on patrol near campus just after 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, when he saw smoke coming from a backyard on Villard Street. Stopping to investigate, he found a chicken coop on fire, and four chickens huddled together away from the smoke. Officer Jared Davis arrived in support, and Hermens carefully moved the chickens from the smoking coop into a second enclosure they found in the yard, before Davis used his vehicle’s fire extinguisher to douse the smoldering straw in the coop.
The officers guided the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department to the yard to make sure the fire was completely out. The chickens in the coop were ruffled, but unharmed, and fortunately kept their cool while the officers moved them to safety. The owner of the home and chickens was out when the fire started, but was grateful that the officers were observant and took action.