Weathersfield, Lordstown firefighters help free blue heron

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) — A bird rescue organization is thanking local police and fire for their help in saving a blue heron in distress Sunday afternoon.

Heather Merritt, who runs Birds in Flight Sanctuary in Warren said she learned of a blue heron that was caught in kite wire near Kerr Cemetery off Salt Springs Road in Mineral Ridge Sunday afternoon.

Weathersfield and Lordstown firefighters came to the scene to help free the bird, and Lordstown’s bucket truck did the trick.

Birds in Flight and the firemen managed to untangle the bird, which is now recovering from wing and feather damage.

Merritt hopes to free the heron back into the wild within the next few weeks.

This is at least the fifth rescue of its type for Birds in Flight since 2013.

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