Kind people seemingly have an inherent desire inside them to preserve life and help someone out when things are getting rough. This doesn’t just apply to humans, but some animals as well. When we see or hear an animal struggling, it is second nature for us to quickly burst into action to help in any way that we can. Well when a man (who happens to be deaf) was driving down the road, he noticed a deer was fighting for its life inside of a river of freezing cold water. Knowing the deer would die if he didn’t help, he knew he had to move quickly.
#12 The Unforgiving Environment
Of all the states, Minnesota might just be the coldest of them all. The winters are terrible there and the freezing waters in the rivers and lakes can potentially be fatal. That is why one disabled man is being heralded as a hero for risking his own safety to save an animal that would have died.
#11 Kettle River
This heroic rescue took place on the partially frozen Kettle River. This river is located in eastern Minnesota and during the winter, the top of the river turns into ice. However, the ice isn’t always that thick, which can turn it into a potentially dangerous situation for anyone or anything that walks over it.
#10 The Hero
So when a deer got caught in the frozen waters, a hero emerged in the form of Steven Peterson. Peterson is a 50-year-old master woodworker with a knack for fixing things. He also happens to be deaf. But he didn’t let that stop him for a second when he noticed a deer was in major trouble.
#9 Interesting Way of Telling His Story
Due to the fact he is deaf, Peterson couldn’t tell his story to others in a traditional sense. Peterson resorted to using American Sign Language and writing in response to questions from journalists for his local paper. Despite his disability, people had to see and hear about his amazing act of heroism.
#8 Driving Home
The story all started on Interstate 35. Peterson was just driving on his way home from visiting some family in Missouri and then noticed something out of the corner of his eye. As he was crossing the river in his car, he noticed that something just wasn’t right on the surface.
#7 Dwelling on the Thought
But even though he saw something in the river, he didn’t immediately know what it was and continued driving. At first, it looked like a rock bobbing up and down. But as he kept driving, he couldn’t stop thinking about what it was, and decided to head back and get a closer look.
#6 Return to the Site
As mentioned, the strangeness of the site bothered Peterson so much he had no choice but to go back to the river. Once he returned, he could now see what was really happening in the river. A deer had fallen through a hole in the ice and was frantically trying its best to escape the cold waters.
#5 Deciding What to Do
So now that Peterson knew something was wrong, he struggled with what to do next. He could try calling in authorities, but knew that his disability could make it difficult to communicate with them. He knew that his best bet was to give it his all, and save the animal himself.
#4 Daring Attempt
His options were fairly limited, so he knew that he had to risk his own life by going out on the frozen river. But this was no easy task, as there were some parts of the river that had very thick layers of ice. One wrong step, and Peterson could easily become another victim of the icy waters.
#3 The Risk Was Worth It
He decided that it was worth the risk to save this deer. He ventured onto the ice with a long tree branch and a trailer strap. He knew that as a deaf man, he was running a huge risk as if the ice cracks around him, he wouldn’t be able to hear it. As a result, he would have to keep his eyes peeled.
#2 The Plan
He used the log for support and shimmied across it to get closer to the deer. Then he would wrap the strap around the deer’s head in order to pull it to safety. Thankfully, his plan worked out and he was able to safely pull the struggling deer from the river, saving its life.
#1 The Thankful Deer
The deer was obviously very thankful to the man for saving his life. And despite being frozen with icicles on its face, the deer was relatively unharmed and made a quick recovery. He watched over the deer for the next hour but after it looked like it didn’t need any more help, he said goodbye and went on his way.
There you have it, a man potentially putting himself in harm’s way to help an animal he had just noticed out of the corner of his eye in a freezing cold river. This is just further evidence of how great some people can be and how animals have a soft spot in the hearts of most people, even if they don’t even know the animal at all. This story and others like it are truly amazing and help restore some faith in humanity with all the atrocities going on in the world and shows us that people still care.