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December 18, 2010

Though the deer would have been good eatin’. This is ridiculous. Another example of why we are in the mess we are in.

 

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Good Samaritans Face Fine After Rescuing Deer From Icy Water

December 17, 2010 5:17 PM

DEER RESCUE

From rakates

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) – They fought to save a life, and now they say they’ll fight the fine.

It all revolves around the rescue of a deer trapped in icy water Thursday night.

Alex DeMetrick reports that good deed was rewarded with tickets.

Strangers banded together to pull a deer out of the freezing water of the Patapsco River on Thursday night.

“We seen the deer going under,” said Khalil Abusakran. “It couldn’t maintain.  It was starting to freeze, and it was really getting bad.”

Abusakran brought a raft, and Jim Hart joined him.

“We had oars and shovels to break the ice, for the deer to get out,” Abusakran said.

But in the excited aftermath of the rescue, a natural resources police officer on the scene wrote both men a ticket.

“And he didn’t say anything,” Jim Hart said. “We went in and out of the water numerous times.  He didn’t stop us at all.”

They say they were ticketed for not wearing life vests, although both are over the age for mandatory use of flotation devices.

“No, we didn’t have vests on, but we’re not 16 years old,” Abusakran said. “There were personal floating devices on the boat.”

The ticket itself doesn’t check off any specific violation, just a $90 fine.

They’ll fight it in court, as they fought for the deer.

The two men ticketed say they will fight the citations at the court hearing in Annapolis set for Feb. 18.

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558 Comments

Kim Moore
Hats off to the rescuers. It is so hard to believe a police officer could be that heartless. Where does the police pride and caring come in. A civilan does a good deed and he gets a ticket. I hope the officer has time to think about what he did to humanity.

December 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

TxnByBrth
Kim…you give the police officer too much credit.

December 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Reply | Report comment

jp
Remember…. this is a “Natural Resources Officer” Not Police. Not even a real job. Just a government position to keep a looser who can’t find a real job off the street

December 18, 2010 at 9:13 am | Reply | Report comment

Dragonfire
Hats off to the rescuers indeed. I am an avid hunter, and would have done the exact same thing to save that little white tail. Before I accepted one ticket from that jerk off cop, he would have had to write one more ticket. I would have thrown his dumb a$$ in the water. Report the stupid cop to PETA !!!

December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Reply | Report comment

Angelo Rombola
It’s all about the MONEY!!!

December 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Reply | Report comment

ttriffic
no he was just another ass who has way too much pwer for his intelligence level and showed it with steller ziel

December 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Jacki
Well bless you rescuers, glad to see if my poopsy oopsy pomaranian was drowning could count on you, as for the police I wish you would stop me from saving someone or something from drowning in front on my eyes.

December 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply | Report comment

katie
This is a good friend of mine’s husband who saved this deer along with another man not pictured. They were on that bridge and helping that deer for hours yesterday. They called the police and they did nothing but give him a ticket. They called D&R and they came and told them to let the deer drown. I am so glad to have friends like these who are animals lovers. His wife is actually a dog grooming, and they care for animals all day. They’re good people and its ridiculous that they are getting fined when trying to do that right thing. Hopefully it’ll get thrown out in court.

December 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply | Report comment

Chris Ness
Ask for a jury trial. No jury of real people would ever convict them.

December 18, 2010 at 6:13 am | Reply | Report comment

My Dogs Mom
I hope everone will get the name and address of the rescuers and send them a buck or two. And I hope everyone will get the name and badge number of the jerk of an officer and demand his removal! I know I will!

December 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply | Report comment

Curtis Quico Reed
Leave them a “buck or two”…no pun intended.
I’m sue they could use the “doe”. But this time…pun fully intended
One idiot office doesn’t represent all the police. They should throw that clown into the river and demand that anyone who saves him has dry suit, life jacket, and proper training before allowing them to risk their lives to save him. See if he gives a rat’s ass about that when HE is the one about to drown.

December 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

Eric Hartman
Yeah, I’m not entirely sure attempted murder is the correct response. Hammurabi’s era is long over, dude.

December 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

penny
I think what they did was awesome… that police officer should be ashamed

December 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply | Report comment

mIKE
The BIG question is “Why didn’t the officer help them?”. Better yet if he would have been doing the right thing, they would have been assisting him. That’s such a shame!

December 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply | Report comment

jaycee
mIKE it has been judged by the supreme court that a police officer has no obligation to help any person in an emergency

and no matter what any officer tells you the police officer cannot stop you from helping someone else in an emergency, you might get a ticket from the idiot cops like this one but most will just step aside and do nothing

you seriously think a cop is going to do anything to not get that big ol taxpayer paid pension

December 18, 2010 at 2:14 am

Laurie Thrasher
There comes a time when law enforcement need to look the other way.

December 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply | Report comment

John
There comes a time when idiots need to be fired. Most LEO are good people, this person is a moron, the state should revoke his commission.

December 18, 2010 at 9:02 am | Reply | Report comment

TracyLyn
I am really shocked that these men would get a ticket for saving the deers life. What is the officer jealous that he didnt get the attention for saving the deer so to punish the 2 gentleman hes giving them a ticket? What nerve. But to these 2 men a personal thanks for what you did you are a wonderful example of what is right with people today!

December 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sheryl Mason Turgeon
Thanks guys for saving this deer. And to the officer who fined them really? Was it necessary What if it was your son or daughter or a family pet would it be different?

December 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ericka
Just wondering about this life vest rule…Does it apply when saving a person drowning, or should we wait til a life vest materializes before saving the person?
Not clear on the rule, but it’s absurd to be required to wear a vest when acting in an emergency.

December 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Henry
Its manditory that there are enough life jackets for anyone aboard and under the legal age must be wearing it at all times. But in all honesty would you risk a wild animal fighting and pulling you overboard in freezing waters because it doesnt comprehend you are there to help? Those guys put themselves and every bystander, in uniform and not, in potentially great danger and thats what no one seems to understand or care about! If the animal wasnt as rundown and ill as it was it would have fought and defended itself from humans.

December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

dfern
And this affects you personally in what way?

Moron….

December 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Deborah Wright
Gee Henry….
I can see your point but sheesh!
Seems to me your heart must be kinda tiny to be THAT unmoved and critical of such kindness and courage.

Time to revisit the Grinch to learn a few kindergarten lessons.

December 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Henry
Actually Deborah, I have been in EMS for over 20 years, my wife, brother and several cousins have been in law enforcement for over 30 years, I volunteer at the SPCA whenever I have the time and I’ve worked with the Humane Society for over 10 years so please do not mistake my realistic point of view as anything but that. There is a difference between saving a life and risking several others and an age at which you should know the difference! You may think I’m a grinch but I wont hold that against you, I know what kind of a person I am and I feel no shame about that. And I definitly dont support the “witch hunt” brewing for the officer that was doing his job!

December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Skeeter
Henry, grow a heart. If that was your pet or your fat ass drowning, I bet you would be very grateful if someone risks their own life to rescue you. You sound like a typical Barney Fife, everything by the book. No time for common sense. Nitwit…

December 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Henry
Skeeter? Really, are you a muppet? I have a perfectly functioning heart, perhaps if you had ever read a book that didnt have pop-ups you would have a better understanding for reality vs Disney. I have done more good and helped more people AND animals than you could ever dream of helping!

December 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Robert J. Sciolino
What ever happened to the concept of personally assuming the risk? I’ll tell you what happened…we all became children in need of a governing mommy and daddy. If I want to take the risk to jump into a lake or river to rescue an animal…I’m a grown adult and I made the decision as a grown adult. I’m not asking anyone to risk their lives if run into problems, that’s their choice as well. Instead, we have a nanny-state that compels us to obey. We truly are a nation of children with a growing stack of rules and laws for every footstep we take. Snap out of it henry.

December 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Joe
Henry, it must be you who didn’t read the article. It clearly says there were life jackets in the boat, and that no one was of the age required to need one. Please get a grip….

December 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Henry
So it sounds to me like if your house gets broken into or your car gets stolen or someone needs emergency medical help you dont need to call 911 you can handle it yourself otherwise its just the “nanny-state” stepping in where they arent needed right? I hope you dont drive home with a taillight out tonight!

December 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Henry
Joe I didnt have to read the article, I was there!

December 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Dano
The more you keep on going Henry the more everyone is right about you. You have no heart. If they choose to take a boat out on the river and pull out an animal who are you to tell them they can’t. I really don’t care who you are or what you claim to be, because all you appear to be from your comments here is Henry the heartless.

December 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Lindsay
Henry, Thank you for your years of service and for your intelligent comments. Robert J. Sciolino I agree that we have lost all personal accountability. However, do you actually think if these ‘rescuers’ would have been pulled into the water by the deer they would not have screamed for help? And the civil servants who everyone is so eager to bash tonight would have been the ones to save them.

December 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Bobby L.
Henry, If I was allowed to carry a gun and use it to defend myself and my family I wouldn’t need to call the police. Unfortunately, the police hold a monopoly on defense–they are the only ones who can shoot an offender and get away with it. As for fire and EMS, both thrive in the private sector throughout the country.

December 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Steven
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the DNR officer is the one drowning…would he still ticket his rescuers?

Sadly, I think he probably would…

December 18, 2010 at 12:08 am

LoneRider
Look, a deer is not a pet. In many parts of the states they are over populated. Risking your life for a deer, is insane. If one of the men fell into the water the Officer would have gone into save the person, putting his life at risk. For an over grown Rat, sorry tasty overgrown Rat.

How anyone can through equivalence of a deer to a family pet is beyond me. Even still, when it comes down to a human life, even a family pet is chattel. And, yes we have 4 cats and a dog, which get taken very good care of. But I would not put my life in great risk for one. I have a family to feed and raise.

December 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

enoughAlready
@Henry…you have apparently been in the business too long and it would appear that you have sided with the strict by the book approach.

Without common sense and the ability to differentiate between POSSIBLE and PROBABLE folks like you cause death because of a legalistic inaction.

I myself have had an unusual number of events where I have saved lives(mostly from auto accidents). The one that comes to mind was the pickup truck that went off the road and was sinking on its side in the creek. The guy(who was high come to find out) could not lift the door open to get out. I had to jump about 10 feet from the bank landing on his driver door…by the time I got the door open he had about 6 inches of air left.

I took a risk but the other option was to let him drown. Sure I realize he could have freaked out and pulled me under water with him. But what kind of person could live with themselves saying “well I didn’t have safety gear so I didn’t try”?

I think God said it best “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Dying in the attempt to save another is far better than living as a coward.

December 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

Nic
Understandable,but I would have done the same thing and I got a deer this hunting season! Are you not endangering yourself when you enlist in the military? Would you get a fine for enlisting in the military? Just something to think about. These people did good!!

December 18, 2010 at 1:38 am

Bobito
Sure, the bystanders might die from the shock to the system of seeing someone do something so stupid as put something else’s life first.

December 18, 2010 at 6:50 am

dreagan
Henry is Barney Fife reincarnated! Keep your bullet in your shirt pocket, Henry!

December 18, 2010 at 7:35 am

donttreadonme
Henry, you are a moral coward. You are glad there exist regulations for you to hide behind in the event you are called upon to do the right thing. This way, you get to stand safely on the sidelines protected from making a decision that may involve some spine.

December 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Greg
This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. They put bystanders in great danger by saving a sick, drowning deer? And the deer would have attacked and killed them all had it not been so sick? You MUST be a cop. Only a cop would think in such a backwards “public safety was endangered” way.

December 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

mark
I understand your new age logic, but I do miss the old days, before the days of fear of litigation madness set in, when the police officer would have likely taken charge of the situation and lead the way to saving the dear and then later received a letter of accommodation for the act. Now days the police dress in military garb and look like commandos when they respond to a traffic problem. I repeat, I do miss the old days. JMHO.

December 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

Frank
I think everyone is being to hard on Henry. I am no fan of government or the current political situation, but I think many have blurred that sentiment with this story. A deer is not worth risking your life over. Not if you look at it from a realistic point of view. The guys that did save the deer did what they felt best, and I honestly don’t blame them. It was an act of kindness, and in this world, that is a welcome thing. However…. if one of them would have ended up in the water, then what? You can say that was his decision all day, but it doesn’t change the fact that someone is going in after him. So, I kind of see Henry’s point, and he is right. I also think that since there was a happy ending in this one, that the authority on the scene should have just let it go. This story would be completely different then.

December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

Thomas Anderson
Ok, now my BS meter is pegged. First, “Henry” knows everything about everything. Then when logic is applied, it’s “I don’t need to read the article, I was there!”.

Sorry Henry, no you weren’t. As a professional that you state you are, you would be writing reports all day. While I am not a spelling nazi, your lack of spelling skills indicates you are likely pretty young, or stupid, and not in the habit of writing, which debunks you being in any of these professions.

Lastly, if you had “been there”, that would have been the first thing you said, not the last after you lost the argument. You ARE a loser.

December 18, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply | Report comment

reb362
Thanks Thomas Anderson, you stated the same conclusion I came to after that B.S. artist Henry. He’s a troll, or if he is such a professional, he should quit before his selfish authoritarian attitude causes the death of someone. He reminds me of the NY EMTs that refused to assist a pregnant woman while in line at a bakery, and the Pittsburgh EMTs that refused to walk up a snowy driveway to assist a father dying of a heart attack in front of his children, instead telling dispatch the victim should have walked to him! Well, both EMTs were fired, and the NY EMT ended up shot dead in a night club. Karma, Henry, karma.

December 18, 2010 at 4:01 am

Dave
The DNR officer probably wrote them the tickets to cover his butt. He most likely intentionally omitted the offense so that when they went to court it would be thrown out summarily. While I don’t know that I’d put myself in harm’s way for wildlife that is overpopulated to begin with, I admire the guys’ dedication to saving the deer. Glad nobody was injured or killed.

December 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

jule kemp
This is so crazy these men were doing a good deed and then they get fined for it. What has this state come too, people can get away with killing dogs or cats but when someone saves a deer they are in thr wrong, the officer that gave them a fine should be punished for his actions

December 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

Brenda Bianconi Cole
I think the police often forget that they are public servants. Their job is to keep us safe from others, and maintain order. That used to be the reason people picked these types of careers. Now a days, more often than not, the police I’ve encountered are bullies working for a paycheck and a nice retirement. Power trippers are ugly and have a cold heart. I bet no ticket would be given if you were pulling him out of the drink.

December 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sister
Now, if the policeman was in a boat & he had on a vest but fell overboard, would the gentlemen, if they were close by, not be allowed to save him? Would they be ticketed if they tried to save him and they were not wearing a vest. I hope all animal lovers will steip forward, appear in court and pay these gentlemen’s fines. Kudos and heartfelt thanks to these 2 gentlemen.

December 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

pat
I just hope that WJZ will follow up after the court date. I would like to find out how this turns out. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

December 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tonya
I agree Pat!

December 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply | Report comment

LurkerBee
There won’t be a court date. There’s no charge on the citation, hence nothing to put on the docket. The citation will be voided.

December 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

Steven
Ok, people a deer and a child is two different thing. A deer is a animal and a child is a person. Risking life for a child is understandable, not a deer, People like this should be locked up for being stupid, I hope that they have to pay the fine and all the court fee’s that go with it.

December 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

Karen Stanovich-Jordan
Suppose it was your dog out there. Would you just let it die or try to save it?

December 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply | Report comment

Steven
I would let it die. A dog life is not wrath as much as a humans life. As a firefighter we do not go in to a burning house to save a dog, we go in a burning house to save people. A dog or a deer is not wrath dieing over…….

December 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Jane V.
Steven, I am beginning to think SERIOUSLY about whom I would rescue. The deer and the dog are already in one category. You are edging toward a different one.

December 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

admin
That’s about the dumbest statement I’ve read in quite some time. Why should anyone be fined or locked up for doing something like this? Who cares if they risked their own well-being. That’s their choice and they have the freedom to make that choice. Good grief. Whoever wrote a tickey for that is the idiot who needs to be locked up. More government intrusion telling people what they can and can’t do.

December 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jessi
I don’t think it was stupid at all. As the article said “Good Samaritan” meaning they wanted to do the right thing, whether a child or an animal, they didn’t want to see it suffer. More people should be so kind.

December 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply | Report comment

Harry Callahan
Steven,

I hope that YOU, not your dog, fall through the ice one day and I hope that I’m there on the scene so that I can watch YOU drown.

December 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply | Report comment

katie
LOL!!!!

December 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Debbie
ITalk about being heartless, I suppose if it were your pet you would let it die as well….

December 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

katie
Wow your an idiot.

December 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tonya
Wow….DNR needs to retrain their officers I see!!!! Before you hand out tickets for something that was NOT illegal in any way, shape or form, you need to know the law you jackwagon!

December 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

charlie alvear
these men should not have to waste their time even going to court,how ridiculous, the department of rejects, thats how i see it.

December 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

Karen
My brother in law helped rescue this deer. We were watching fromn the bridge. They got it out, warmed it with blankets and took it to the park to be released. DNR told them to let it die. I praise these men who were out in the bitter cold saving a life. Way to go guys. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

December 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
Amen… again!

December 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rebecca
Rebecca,

One would think that Natural Resources police would see the brevity of the situation in which the compassionate citizens saved the life of the deer. Hello.. it is the Holiday Season, who would let Rudolph drown? However, this is yet another instance of police abuse of power. If the officer did not even have the ability to identify the specific charge in the violation he issued, he certainly did not have the right to impose a fine. The is a blatant abuse of power and should be dismissed before it comes to trial by the officer’s supervisor.

December 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply | Report comment

julia white
its crazy.. Kahlil and the other guy were within 3ft in the boat and DNR made them come back. so my son SCOTT BRYANT is the one whom actually Lassoed the deer and pulled her to the shore and up the bank. we all then put our coats and some other brought blankets and warmed the deer they carried her up and transported her to the park and let her go. DNR said to me” LET MOTHER NATURE DUE HER JOB, LET THE DEER DIE” that is INHUMANE.. she was freezing and suffering. Here my son is a deer hunter but even he couldnt watch her drown and die. I would think someone who works for DNR THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES should care and respect nature. EVEN THE POLICE WOMAN ON THE SCENE TRIED TO HELP THE BOYS.. DNR TOOK AWAY HER AUTHORITY.. SAID IT WAS THIER JURISDICTION.. unreal..

December 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

julia white
also. the boys had a throw device and two of our life vests on the site. they werent wearing them but we had them..

December 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

bano
What is wrong with this officer? It was a beautiful and heart-warming story about courageous men saving a deer in distress. This officer must be the same one the shot the dog at the park because he must hate animals or was abused in his early life.

December 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ken
The officer’s record needs to be checked to see if there are other instances where he abused his authority. We don’t need people like this working for Natural Resources. I wouldn’t be surprised if this officer stays up at night shining his badge.

December 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sherry Webster
I’m sure, even after being issued the ridiculous ticket, those same young men wouldn’t hesitate to do the same thing again. I applaud them. A wonderful story not involving a shooting or murder is a nice change!

December 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

baltlaw
So let’s see. You save the deer, and then the hunters shoot and kill it. Seems odd to me.

December 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply | Report comment

Thomas Anderson
Uh, let me explain something to you, and I’ll hopefully dumb it down enough for you to understand it. Hunters don’t torture animals and make them suffer. These two men didn’t want the deer to suffer. Secondly, only a small fraction of deer are shot by hunters.

Do you want to make any more insipid observations?

December 18, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply | Report comment

bill Warlick
just like a cop unintellagent and disrespctful self centered and like to couse as much trouble as they can for you

December 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jessi
@Sherry–I whole heartedly agree.

December 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

wayne
whats up with this police officer? what if it had been a child.

December 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

skeeter
rules is rules

December 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jeff
I’d rather live in a society surrounded the morals of these guys, rather than the police state the idiot DNA cop envisions. Get a life dude, you should have been running out to get hot coffee for these guys rather than reaching for your ticket book. It’s obious by the responses posted who f’d up here. Beer’s on me guys

December 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply | Report comment

Barbara
OMG……STOP wasting the taxpayer’s money on something so ignorant. Come on now……..Yes WTZ news….please keep up on this story.

December 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

Pam Kinlein
WOW! It seems that ” No good deed goes unpunished!” definitely applies here. That NRP officer should be ashamed of the way he reacted to the caring thing those men did. If they were that selfless concerning a wild animal, just imagine the lengths they would go to for another human being. Kudos to Mr. Abusakran, and Mr. Hart! They are TRUE heroes in my opinion! I only hope that the judge hearing their cases disputing the fines feels the same way… Pam

December 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
No, it’s “No good Deer goes unpunished.” Typical bureaucratic authoritarian egotistic Police State mentality. Welcome to Obamamania. Heil Pelosi, Heil Ried.

December 18, 2010 at 12:31 am | Reply | Report comment

Marylou
Just for a moment, imagine if the ending hadn’t been so happy, that the rescuers themselves had become stranded. No doubt people would be criticizing this officer for not having done something. As I see it, the guy was stuck in a Catch-22 situation.

December 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Reply | Report comment

skeeter
But, it DIDN’T happen that way. What if what if what if? Stop looking for a reason to NOT do the right thing. I would have tried to rescue the deer, and after being ticketed, I would have tried to DROWN the idiot in uniform.

December 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

Phil Dragoo
Was the officer attempting to waterboard the dear, and the rescuers were interfering in national security?

Perhaps someone is so intoxicated with his authority he is unable to wield it responsibly.

So many questions.

December 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

charles hawkins
Is their ever a point when some things are over board I can’t say that those good ppl did anything wrong the officer just watched while they did the right thing if anything he should get some type of trouble

December 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
Ve must alvays be FOLLOWING ORDERS!! Don’t you understanding?
Heil Obmaa!

December 18, 2010 at 12:34 am | Reply | Report comment

Kerrie
This is what happens when we live in a country with too many laws!

December 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bobito
Wrong. This is what happens when you live in a country with too many cops.

December 18, 2010 at 6:53 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick
The cold heartedness of some cops never ceases to amaze me! He must have needed to make quota, and not thinking clearly, cuz these guys were over the age of 18, and NOT REQUIRED to wear a life jacket. DUH! Go find some ILLEGAL hunters/ poachers, and leave good guys like those men alone!

December 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sheila Flanigan
DNR has attitude issues. they would rather have the deer die. The rescuerers desirve a metel not a fine. Sheila

December 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply | Report comment

Koji Young
Real cop don’t write that kind of ticket.

December 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ashley Evang
Has this state gone down that much that cops have nothing better to do but to ticket people actually doing good? Mr./Mrs Officer I think you need to leave them alone and go on these corners where people are selling drugs. I shook my head at this. This is a shame on cops and citizens in Maryland. And I think its bad that a 18 year girl has to say this. Man its a shame.

December 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply | Report comment

charles hawkins
But what if it was a person would they have got one for that too

December 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply | Report comment

Melissa Calp
It makes you wonder if those 2 guys would have gotten a ticket for helpiing someone from DNR, if they were in the same boat….. Mmmm

Give me a break!

December 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

appalled
how could ANYONE be so HEARTLESS as to give a ticket to someone doing good for another life…cop must have had a quota to make or must be a real miserable person. cop needs to spend time in icy waters…HATS OFF TO THE HEROES…GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.PATHETIC, SIMPLY ABSURD…

December 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sumner Cohen
I agree , these cops are incompetent and should be fired. If there was a real threat to citizens they wouldn’t know what to do. Thewy would probably pee in their pants like a bunch of babies.

December 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kris
The State of Maryland at work once again. I know that they are in a bad way for finances. BUT please these men were over 18 and saving a life. The only one who can decide when a life ends is God. They were doing what I would have done. I just don’t understand you can do anything to a puppy and not have a ticket or fine and that angers me to no end but do the right thing and get punished for it to Wow what have we come to!!
For Steven your the one who is unfortunate here how do you sleep at night with that type of opinion I hope that you learn something from this even if it is only to keep your unpopular opinion to yourself

December 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ashley Evang
@Charles Hawkins: That is a great question. maybe the cops would have tried to find something else to ticket them on if they were saving a human. Who knows?

December 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Toni Evans
The sad part is that they might not have to pay the ticket but might have to pay court cost……sad, sad, sad!!!!!!!!

December 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
This is a prime example of “no good deed goes unpunished.” These good samaritans saved an animal and broke no laws – yet were ticketed. HUH??!! What possibly could be the motivation of the officer… certainly it wasn’t the law. What has happened to common sense and civility in our society?

December 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

Balls
If you jump into freezing cold water without a life vest you’re an IDIOT! Being over 16 doesnt save your life, nor is it even the correct age by law! You claim to be doing “the right thing” but all you did was put everyone around you in danger had something gone wrong! And then what? Your mom would be on the news crying and blaming someone else for your poor judgement, or should I say lack there of! Stop using this as a way to voice your hatred for authority and get over it! You risked your life, and several others might I add, for a deer that didnt even make it through the night, Bravo.

December 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

Matthew Don Pablo Curtian
Wow. Good way to be an idiot and a scrooge. Dude you are the one that needs balls.

December 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kris
Well said Kathy I agree. I wish I knew what was happening in this society where you get punished for good now too!!

December 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mike & Karen
MIKE & KAREN

With so much negativity in this world, what a breath of fresh air to hear about people with so much compassion. And how does our state reward these good deeds…tickets and court dates. Lighten up Maryland, be thankful and rewarding to people who demonstrate compassion and good deeds!!!!!! We need more people like them,Good Job we are proud of you and will stand behind you on Feb.18th.

December 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kris
Balls No one jumped into the water and you didn’t listen to the story they turned the deer loose so how do you know what happened. Your opinion is very negative and no one is voicing hatred of authority so you need to get over it

December 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

susan scher
would anyone be interested in setting up a fund to cover the cost of these tickets and the lost day of work ( for when they have to go to court) for these guys? we can probably do it thru the tv station no wonder people don’t want to do anything that we used to consider just the right thing to do i think we should all help to “pay it forward”

December 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kris
susan let me know I don’t know how much I could do but I agree we should do something keep me posted

December 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
If common sense fails to prevail… I would be willing to make a contribution . See the post by GG…. encouraging :)

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Paige Phipps
These men had risked their lives to save the deer that would have died if these men hadn’t come along. And yet they get a ticket? That’s completely ridiculus! What has the world come to? Running around saying “promote the death of wildlife?” that’s what it seems like to me. It’ll be funny when that cop says “I was just having an off day when I wrote that ticket.” Because that is completely unacceptable. Hypothermia kills; and these men risked it for an animal. That’s a hero.

December 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ken
The officer needs to have a heart, come forward and offer to pay the fine!!

December 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

Eric M.
DNR Really? Go stop underage party’s or drug usage within the State Parks don’t need to ticket someone for doing what is right for once!

December 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

Matthew Don Pablo Curtian
Just goes to show that some people around this time of year have nothing better to do the rain on others parade. Maybe the Cop should have done something. I know a few who would. Please don’t call him an officer because he didn’t have the courage to help them men help this animal.

December 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
If reason fails to prevail… and these tickets are not invalidated within the system (given no statutes were broken), I likewise would be willing to send in a donation, if the station sets up an account for these men. I thank heavens for the humanity of these men. They are true, altruistic heroes.

December 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Reply | Report comment

GG
Actually, if the ticketed people were to contact the officers’ supervisor, they may get somewhere . There is the possibility that the tickets were issued erroneously, especially if no box was checked off……and the PROPER personal flotation devices were on board the raft for each person. If this is the case, it may never have to go to court. Sign me…..someone who knows.

December 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
Thanks GG… valuable information

December 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

GG
Kathy…I wish people would realize that all the name calling gets people no where. Officers have a job to do; they are human and make mistakes; it may also be that they were correct in issuing citations, but that the recipients don’t understand the charges or choose to publicly deny fault. Either way, those saying the officers should lose their jobs are going overboard (no pun intended)…..this is something NOT worth losing a job over. I guess there are a lot of folks who think they are perfect. And, either way, going to court is the accused’s chance to tell their side of the story.

December 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

dustin
the box was checked off. the supervisor will not disagree with a good ticket.

December 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

Thomas
Tar. Feathers.

What would Sam Adams do?

December 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

Robin
Street level bureaucrats! They do not know how to think for themselves.

December 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Reply | Report comment

mot_klt
No good deed ever goes unpunished. What a jerk.

December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tiffany
All of you idiots who support an expanded role for government. This is what you’re signing up for.

December 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

Alec Jones
Our present condition, achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations, illustrates the American idea that governments rest upon the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish governments whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.

Thomas Jefferson

December 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply | Report comment

swathdiver
So what are we waiting for Jones?

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Daniel
Would love to buy you a beer for that one…..I think it needs to come to that. The cop is probably someones cousin, uncle, or kid….maybe even a result of needing to hire in certain demographics.

December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

Czechbikr
Just another money grab by cash starved communities issued by a cop who will retire on 3/4 of his salary in 10 years to enjoy it for another 40.

December 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply | Report comment

greg
I bet he’s a Democrat

December 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
The deer is a Democ-rat? I bet he changes his loyalty tomorrow Didn’t end up on the spit, and can go work with Santa again!!

December 18, 2010 at 12:37 am | Reply | Report comment

Bobito
No, the ticket writing cop is a Republican. That’s almost certain.

December 18, 2010 at 6:54 am

swathdiver
If these indeed are the facts of the case, the officer should not be in a position to serve the public. Jerk.

December 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Reply | Report comment

Gordon Corey
Sanctimonious POS.

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

km
Consider the fact that such a rescue would draw media attention and subsequent , possible questioning of a wildlife officer’s overlooking (potential overlooking) of the law if he/she didn’t acknowledge an infraction of water safety regulations.

But, in writing the ticket, it happened to be void by an “innocent” mistake in filling it out. This is only theory that plays IF LurkerBee’s assertion is correct that a ticket must cite a charge.

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sean O’
km

Thanks for your analysis. It makes perfect common sense. I’m betting that that’s exactly what happened.

But I’m really glad that the article occasioned the outpouring of good will expressed in most of the comments, even though they’re probably misdirected.

December 18, 2010 at 9:09 am | Reply | Report comment

Potatoe
The Grinch is alive and well in Merry-Land

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

The Fisherman
You think that is bad? Just try to deal with the Marine Police in your every day work!! I am absolutely NOT suprised.

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Melissa M
Oh, dear. As Howie Carr of Boston Radio says – No good deed goes unpunished.
My thoughts are w/these men and grateful nothing happened to them in the process of saving the deer.

December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Melissa Ellis Moore Merrill
Oh, dear. As Howie Carr of Boston Radio says – No good deed goes unpunished.
My thoughts are w/these men and grateful nothing happened to them in the process of saving the deer.

December 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

clarese
What a worthless excuse for a cop, and they wonder why people don’t respect them.

December 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply | Report comment

Aunt Bee
“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” ~ Will Durant

http://911essentials.com

December 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mike
Nothing else better to do then fine good samaritans during the holiday season…. good job rent-a-cop!!

December 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply | Report comment

kit
They need to fire the officer who had such poor judgement as to write these tickets. The person does have enough basic mental capacity to be in that job.

December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

john in hartford
How ’bout:
The two men throw the consy in the water; and tell him;
“Sorry Can’t get you out we’d be breaking a regulation!”
PINHEAD!!!

December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy
What an idiot what a jerk the state should give it to the cop to use as toliet paper

December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

goteyeonyoubuddy
Dumb & Dumber!. Just unbelievable an insensitive dumb azz person is on the state payroll………..oops, most are in this catagory. Had it been a child, would they give a ticket? Hope the judge throws it out and fires this idiot.

December 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

goteyeonyoubuddy
I’m still so pizzed at this idiot officer I cannot calm down. This was an emergency
and two life loving people worked to get this deer out of the freezing water. I only wish in my heart I could come up there and pistol whip this dumb, stupid, idiot officer for being such an animal hater. Dam, I only wish I could say how I really feel. This man prob. couldn’t walk when I get through with him crying Uncle.

December 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Kenny West
Bunch of government robots – stand around and watch you do something noble the whole time looking for something they can write up a ticket for – would have been appropriate to throw this useless piece of trash in the river.

December 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply | Report comment

David
I cannot stand officiousness on the part of bureaucrats. Just because they can Lord it over us doesn’t mean they should. What the jerk even bothering to help with the rescue? Methinks not.

December 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply | Report comment

Janet Hood
This is rediculas at least they did something unlike DNR if they wanted to take the risk then let them! they are a hero to everyone else and the police had no excuse to do what they did this close to the holiday!

December 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jimmy Doolittle
I STILL want my Country Back.

December 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Htos1
Just keep electing democrats who come up with kind of shiite!ALL “social” laws dating to 1964 should be repealed and be be subjected to an electronic referendum via the internet.A “committees of Correspondence” if you will.That’s how the decision to conduct the revolution of 1776 came about.

December 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bobito
What makes you think a fascist cop is a Democrat? The part of god, guns, wars, tax cuts for the obscenely rich, too many police, everyone in prison, security, security, security, is the Republican party.

December 18, 2010 at 6:56 am | Reply | Report comment

Ron Lockard
FIRE HIM!!!!!!

December 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Charles Farley
Another instance of government gone berserk.

December 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Lois Szymanski
I suppose the officer could worry that he would be seen on the news and called on the carpet for not writing a fine. This in mind, I hope he forgot to check a box on purpose, knowing it would void the ticket. It is ridiculous, at any rate. They should get a reward, not a fine.

December 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Reply | Report comment

Brandy
i am hoping that when copper fall in ice next time no deer help him for rescue!

December 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Reply | Report comment

John Free
What the hell is a “natural resources police officer”…..what agency does this twerp work for..???

What is the email address and web site of his superiors and who funds this out of control beaurocracy????

December 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
I do not know for certain, but I assume they’re under the guises of the DNR. I’ll be writing as well…. once I’m able to determine the correct agency to contact.

December 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

Daphne Heppding
DNR is I think Forestry. My neighbors son worked at a state park and he was DNR

December 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Reply | Report comment

Daphne Heppding
DNR needs to put their boots cause the s++t is getting deep

December 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Chad
Reveal his name. He won’t be working in the same job any more.

December 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply | Report comment

practicalprepper
wow1 that’s just heartless.

December 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply | Report comment

jerry mc
I hope this idiot is not allowed to have weapon. He would make a good officer “Fife”. I just read that another glittering jewel of colossal ignorance that is a natural resource officer has been arrested have sex with a 13 year old.

God help us.

December 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply | Report comment

tubaman
I don’t believe we have such idiots as public servants in this country.Even if they were breaking the law I would have looked the other way and not said a word.

December 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

goteyeonyoubuddy
In the case of an emergency, there are no laws that can be broken. Were they supposed to stand by and let the animal die? What if it had been a child? Would the officer give a ticket for the same reason, while it’s life & death? I can’t find enough mean words to say to this idiot and remain a lady.

December 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

CBO
Ah, American justice at work again. I swear common sense has died in America.

December 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

LurkerBee
Trust me, a citation needs a charge recorded on it for it to be valid. A citation lacking a charge is a citation asserting nothing. Without that charge, the courts have no way of knowing what to put on the docket, so chargeless tickets are automatically voided. When the citation referenced in this story is forwarded to the District Court’s Data Entry department, the clerk who receives it will enter the info on it into the Mainframe, with the note stating no charge was recorded & it needs to be voided. After the void is approved, it is removed from the system. If these gentlemen pay the ticket before this happens, they will automatically receive a full refund.

December 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

amd007
Power in the wrong hands okay!.

December 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

at
We have too many cops and not enough vigilantes

December 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Daphne Heppding
Why did DNR come ? The officer should file a complaint against the wanna be DNR officer. You guys are gonna get a blessing for being heros. Right on! You saved Rudolph. Merry Christmas. The Grinch needs to get a lessen in heroism.

December 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Juanita valdez
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/nrp/contact.html

December 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
Thanks, Juanita! I figured it was the DNR!!

December 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

juano
Have you had enough government yet?

December 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

big hank
We need to get ride of these snot bag little Hitlers who think putting a badge on makes them a god. We need real men with some common sense. Of course the guy could be following a a directive from management to maximize the number of tickets to grow revenue and meet his quota. Who knows?

December 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

barneyg
unfortuanley its always the idiots who are in power….. Just look at the president and house and senate.

December 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

Janky
The revolution will be started by some bee ess like this.

December 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Hank
Not as dangerous as idiots with internet access Burt!

December 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

redcobra
Should have let natural selection occur.
Too many deer anyway.

December 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Wally
Too many people, too. Maybe someone will consider that thought if you are ever in need of emergency services.

December 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

Melissa
What a jerk! Would they have been fined if it had been a person instead of a deer? They saved a life, whether it be an animal or human, these two men should be commended.

December 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

paul abey
This is what the MD waterman have to put up with everyday!! But its never publicized!!

December 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

steve
should have thrown the stupid officer into the water – and keep on throwing him back

December 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Hank
Seriously people spell check! You just sound like idiots when everyday words are spelled so wrong!

December 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

Phil
And Liberals STILL wonder why Conservatives want a small government that will leave the public alone…

December 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Reply | Report comment

SLIDINGINTOIT
The right left paradigm…the ultimate con, with the American sheeple, the mark.

RESEARCH BUILDING 7…THEN TRY TO THINK

December 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bobito
So why do conservatives always want lots of security, lots of police, more prisons, and big government spending lots of money on the military? I suppose it’s because they believe in civil rights, civil liberties, and small government?

December 18, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Don
In the peoples republic of Maryland, they elect the fascist democrats all the time. Then are surprised to find they have no rights left.

December 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bob
Why didn’t the officer assist?, instead of writing a ticket. They should publish his name so every one could send him a LOVE note!

December 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

Charles Austin Miller
See if I ever go into icy water to save a f——g natural resources officer. Revolution now.

December 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Between this and the plainclothes cop that pulled a gun on the biker with the helmet cam, sure seems like MD is a friggin nanny police state..

December 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Hank
redcobra, THANK YOU!! What would have happened if that deer fought and pulled someone overboard??? For you bleeding hearts out there, humans take priority over animals, just the way life goes. To sit here and try to say an officer wouldnt “help” a deer so they probably wouldnt help a human is ridiculous (thats the correct spelling!) Guess what kids, you cant treat a wild animal for hypothermia so protect your kids from hearing this but, Bambi didnt make it through the night!

December 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Buck
I would put my hoof down if I had to shell out that doe.

December 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply | Report comment

erterter
fail

December 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

FEDup
Priceless comment. Well done, Buck.

December 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

sooz
buck… such a good comment that my friend from san diego emailed it to me in orlando. haha!

December 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply | Report comment

SLIDINGINTOIT
NAZISM …

RESEARCH BUILDING 7…THEN TRY TO THINK.

December 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ray
Was a ticket also issued to the deer for not wearing a life preserver? That officer needs more training before being unleashed on good citizens, IMHO.

December 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

YES WE CON! YES WE CON!
STOP GLOBAL WARMING! http://www.M4GW.com

December 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jeremy E. Simpson
Publish the officer’s name and let’s see if we can get a picture and shame him/her into another profession.

December 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

None Ya Biz
A better idea: How about painting a bullseye on his forehead.

December 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kevin
Excellent idea, Jeremy… If he thought it right to
issue the ticket he should have no problem making
his identity known.

December 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply | Report comment

Chuck Spears
They were fined because overpaid underwoked .gov officials don’t like it when the public does their job for them.
Probably a union issue too.

December 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

Joseppi Tanner
Ok I hope you libs , {which is probably who rescued the deer}, are starting to see the result of a government run wild!

Quit voting for these idiots! Vote common sense !

December 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

Art Fold
Welcome to facist Amerika. Just a fine and NO specific violation? That man needs a new job.

December 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

None Ya Biz
No….He needs hunted down and dragged out into the street.

December 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

Common Sense
“A natural resources police officer,” i.e., a low grade moron in a green county jacket. Throw that idiot in the lake and as he drowns, tell him “tough luck,” he’s going to die because you don’t have a life vest and don’t want a ticket.

December 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

None Ya Biz
Excellent!

December 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

guyfawkes
I’m really starting to hate the goverment and all its fools.

December 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
There’s a pretty wide range of responses and sentiments here… Bottom line… whether or not you believe the actions of these men were justified , wise, and humane – or cavalier and stupid, they most certainly did not break any laws. Enough said. The rest could be debated for the next 10 centuries.

December 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

Esdraelon
apparently the resources officer had to justify being there and doing nothing….so he wrote tickets instead

December 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
I think you may have nailed it!

December 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
I don’t think this will ever make it to court.

December 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Mary Ratcliff
It makes me burning mad that this evil government bureaucrat
has to spoil a good rescue story with this nonsense!! The man
who wrote them a ticket should be fired immediately! I’m going to
write a letter to demand exactly that! Fire this guy! Those guys
should be given a medal for being a hero for their daring rescue!!
I hope Animal Planet will do a story on them right away!

December 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

Carucao de Aco
Pay the fine or they will ruin your credit, stop you from working and put you on a no-fly list.

Welcome to the police state.

December 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

Joe
everyone should send an email to the DNR at customerservice@dnr.state.md.us tell them what an outage this is and that DNR should rescind these citations!

December 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply | Report comment

Doug Hartman
A wanna be cop could only make to game management.

December 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

roadstarbob
His previous employment was parking lot enforcement.

December 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

kronis
Sheesh. The police officer should be publicly flogged until he renounces his stupidity.

December 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ranger Smith
Typcal government employee. Nothing to see here folks, let’s keep moving along.

December 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

Keith C. Parsels
I know where a government cut to save money can come from, one less natural resources police officer should save something!

December 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply | Report comment

Liberty or Mortum
WELCOME TO THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF MARYLAND. “YOU GET THE THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE”

December 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply | Report comment

Louis
What does Gov. O’Malley say about this? Is he proud of that NRO?

December 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply | Report comment

gullyborg
The officer should have been helping the rescue effort. Even if all he did was get on the radio and call for support, it would have been helping. Instead, he watched, did nothing, and wrote a ticket to reward people for risking their lives to save a suffering creature. Shame!

December 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply | Report comment

None Ya Biz
They should have thrown the natural resources police officer in the water and let him drown.

December 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mary Ratcliff
Everybody should write letters to get the evil ticket writer fired. Our tax dollars
don’t need to be funding somebody who would do that!! Let’s also contact
Animal Planet so they can do a story on these brave heros! GIVE THEM A
MEDAL – they are HEROS!!

December 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Clutch
I thank the two men that saved the deer and I curse the idiot that gave them a ticket.

The next election, how about trying voting freedom first?

Clutch

December 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

Clifford Petersen
Yup! we had a FISH COP in our area take away a young racoon that had been rescued when its mother was killed on the highway, kid had raised it for months, very friendly – BUT IT”S AGAINST THE LAW so he SHOT IT!

December 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

A. Hunter
Venison is good eatin!

December 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dave, Rochester NY
The officer should be fired. Simple. Society has no use for him.

December 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jim
No good deed shall go unpunished. Merry Christmas

Now you know why so many people just look the other way.

December 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

roger
Game wardens like that give all a bad name. What an a$$.

December 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply | Report comment

robert m
Fire the useless cop, here is a fine example of excess government

December 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dave
I agree, fire the officer. Why should we pay for someone so counterproductive?

December 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

mIKE
WHY DIDN’T THE OFFICER HELP THEM !!??

December 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mike
They should have taken the “officer” back out there and left him in the icy water to drowned. Then it truly would have been a win-win situation.

December 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Hank Warren
Endless bureacrats giving out absurd fines, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
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December 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

LA
Let the DNR know how you feel about it.
John R. Griffin, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue
Tawes State Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401

December 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tim, Katy TX
The underlying problem here is that we are rapidly becoming a police state. Why do we have “natural resources police”, and why are they telling adults what they can or can’t do as long as they are not violating someones rights. When the government begins to acts like a nanny then it is time to take back control. I guess Louis and Clark would be in jail if they lived today…

December 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bob
The whole idea of police was “to protect and serve.” Apparently, along the way that’s been trampled on and replaced with “to rule the streets and harass citizens.” Frankly, we could have that with ’50s-style street gangs – they were also very good at keeping undesirables out of the neighborhood while simultaneously shaking down the locals – but at least we didn’t have to pay for them a salary to harass us. More and more it seems like “police” are an idea that just doesn’t work, and we might be better off with neighbors looking out for neighbors.

December 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply | Report comment

Brenda
Its just anothe way of O’Malley Man soaking the people of Maryland for money. What if it had been a human in the freezing waters. Would those guys be ticketed for saving a life without a life vest????

December 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rex Range
Typical hotbed of East Coast liberal idiocy run amuck. Throw the idiot “officer” in the icy water and if he gets close to shore, kick him back in. Moron.

December 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

Baillie
It was an Auditor waiting for Rudolph to drown.

December 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

Andre
Extortion by the overpaid underwoked gov’t officials. Probably a union issue. They will distroy our republic within next 15 years. People do not see it and I urge you to talk to immigrants who left communist countries and came to the USA before 1990. They remember “Patriot Act” over there… Talk to them, please. Already 4th ammendment is violated every day by TSA, Big sis and other agencies violate our free speach freedom. During Katrina, 2nd ammendment was cancelled in New Orealns, …and so on. They are idiots with power. They will defend their jobs, because they do not qualify for any job in private sector. They are very dangerous, because that’s how Stalin, Hitler, Amin and other dictators rulled.

December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

Wilder Napalm
Always remember “No good deed goes unpunished.”

December 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

rainman
for all the concerned citizens bashing the police officer, try saving a life of a PERSON that is freezing from the cold and homeless. These officers risk their lives daily from people making bad decisions

December 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mike
He could have given them each a warning or told them in advance to put on the floatation devices. Sometimes you need to show common sense, but you have to have some.

Now because of his actions, every DNR officer will be looked at as ticket crazy.

December 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

Fat Bob From Planet B
The cops I know spend their time collecting from the bars that serve underage kids, shaking down brothels, and planting drugs on minorities.

December 18, 2010 at 7:01 am | Reply | Report comment

suibne
it was michael vick.

December 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

suibne
yet….michael vick will get a puppy.

December 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

Thanks to Good Samaritans
F the DNR officer behind this…he really should be embarrassed over this story. Sure hope he doesn’t fall through the ice somehow one day while these fine folks are around…after all, all they’d be able to do is look at him and say sorry but we can’t help you, we don’t have a life jacket.

Huge thanks to the wonderful people who put their own safety on the line to save this helpless deer…you’ve helped restore a little bit of my faith in humanity. The DNR officer…not so much.

December 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

wayne
You vote moron democrats into office over and over and this is the result. Brain dead civil servants.. Servants? That is a laugh. These people are your masters.

December 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

John West
Just tell me who the idiot was that wrote the ticket and where he lives and I will personally go to his house and beat him half to death with a life vest.

December 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

Anon
Probably not smart to threaten an officer…

December 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

JD
Barney Fife is alive and well…

December 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

jake
a LEO that can’t help but be a prick for no reason

he needs to go

December 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ange
Revenue. As simple as that.

December 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dave
God you people on the east coast just let yourself get run over by the left wing nut jobs that force stupid laws on you! Take control of your state!!! Get your freedom back!

December 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply | Report comment

Frank
It is a good thing the cop is a civil servant. He is obviously too stupid to hold a real job. — No common sense. He should be in Congress

December 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

kyle doyle
Police state more laws every year keep pushing and we will push back

December 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

Helix
We have a new winner for the Officer Barney Fife award for the year. Ask yourself whether Andy Griffith would have written that ticket or not.

December 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jack
1. Talk to a lawyer and get ready to sue the beauracrat for malicious prosecution.

December 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

BIGJ
THIS IS WHY PEOPLE HATE LAW ENFORCEMENT!
YOU ALL HAVE BEEN O’MALLEYED.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SOUTH FLORIDA.

December 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Red
Good for them and the cop should shove his ticket where the sun don’t shine! That sounds like the People’s Republic of Maryland.

December 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

Keith Myers
Ridiculous. Kind of thing that gives law enforcement a bad name. Now that it’s made the news I bet they don’t have t pay anything.

December 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

bite me
fxxxxxing pig

December 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

Gene from Aberdeen
I’ll gladly contribute if the police officer gets fired for not helping them.

December 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mike
No good deed goes unpunished. Would you please publicize the name of DNR’s finest officer?

December 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Reply | Report comment

Santa
Keep the deer and fire the ass.
My thanks for the rescue—Rudolph

December 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

norman west
that story is an example of types of people……the rescuer and the ticket writer…guess who is the real animal in the story….

December 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

Common Sense
Call for DNR Director’s job. Isn’t the Director responsible to keep wannabee’s from getting badges to make everyone bow to them now because they got picked on when they where in high school?

December 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tom in Boston
Was it Officer As Swipe by any chance that wrote that? He has relatives all over Massachusetts too..

December 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply | Report comment

johhjn smith
Here we are writing a ticket and having a Marxist Law enforcement officier de;iversuch.

The Life is more important than the stupid life jacket……

December 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

Trisha Johnson
Welcome to liberal dominated government. The government thinks for you so you don’t have to do it for yourself. However, if you do think for yourself, you will be fined.

December 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply | Report comment

Johnny Rico
Folks,

Expect more of this. The sheeple of this nation have allowed government ot control every aspect of their lives. Perhaps if the liberals who wanted more cops on the street start feeling the effects of unneeded enforcement, then we can get things changed. If not, get ready for more. This is just the beginning.

December 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply | Report comment

MD nat res dept needs mental training
I wonder if the idiot officer has kids. Maybe one day they’ll be playing around by the icy lake, fall in, and we’ll see who’s gonna have time to put on a life vest to save them.

“Help” says Mentally Ill Natural Resources Officer’s kids.

“Don’t worry. Just stay there kids… let me find some life vests first and I’ll be back… since I don’t want to BE TICKETED!” says rescuers.

Who are you hiring over there in MD??? Nit-Wits?

December 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply | Report comment

pat
We all know why they got the ticket. The officer was a coward who was going to let the deer die. He was shown up for what he was.

December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

fritz
No good deed goes unpunished.

December 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Kevin
US citizens love the feminized nanny-state they live in. Any so-called freedom that you think you have will soon no longer exist because of it. Merry Christmas id10ts….

December 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Johnny Rico
Now you people understand how hunters feel about the new crop of liberal socialist game wardens who look for ways to run hunters out of the woods. These officers grew up on PETA, HSUS, Greenpeace and have found out a way to make hunters pay. And pay we do. Obscure laws we never knew existed are suddenly brought into action by these thugs. My buddy was written a ticket two weeks ago for hunting on private land without WRITTEN PERMISSION. The landowner gave him oral permission to hunt there, but the game warden saw him as he was driving past, pulled over and wrote him a ticket saying he didn’t care that the farmer gave him oral permission, it had to be in writing.

December 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Reply | Report comment

bob
is america filling with imbecilles? idiot cop … fire him!

December 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply | Report comment

grailh
Did you ever think that this mught be one of Santa’s young reindeer? You might have just saved Christmas!!!

December 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply | Report comment

cluelessinky
When will the authorities whom we give the power to act, use some common sense and make reasonable judgments?

December 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

Johnny Rico
Jordan Lake State Park in North Carolina a couple years ago gives us another example. My uncle, aunt, and cousins were having a picnic on the shores of Lake Jordan. My uncle and cousins were fishing and everything was going fine until my uncle went back to the car for more beer. He left the fishing poles laying on the blanket. My aunt moved the poles off the blanket to get ready to eat. Two game wardens had been watching them with binoculars from a nearby thicket. You guessed it; they wrote her a ticket for fishing without a license.

December 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

Lance Ward
I see a lot of people calling this the “Cops” or “Police”. The article states a Natural Resource officer. There is a difference. Actually, Fish and Game has far more expanded and intrusive powers than City or County police. I’m sure this bleeding heart was bored, and mad that the fine rescuers subverted natural selection.

December 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Johnny Rico
If you are an illegal alien with no ID, the game wardens will leave you alone. Illegal aliens get a free ride with fish and game violations. Even hunting, they get off free. United States Code, Section 8, make possession of a firearm by an illegal alien a felony. Not one illegal alien has been charged with this in Maryland in the past year.

Big brother is here people. He aint going away unless we act which, due to the apathetic nature of the sheep in this country, won’t happen.

December 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

Fat Bob from Planet B
Quite down, nazi boy. No one is taking away your right to shoot your gun, or your mouth.

December 18, 2010 at 7:03 am | Reply | Report comment

Harry Obrian
That’s what happens when you totally embarrass an inept and incompetent socialist government worker like that ‘natural resources’ jerk who should have been doing his job and saving that deer himself.

December 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply | Report comment

Johnny Rico
Cops and police and game wardens are all the same these days. Empowered to arrest you whenever they want to for any reason.

December 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Joy
Thank God for guys like that who rescued a helpless animal. For the jerk who issued the ticket…..shove it up your a..!!!

December 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Georgiavol
This dumb#ss DNR cop will quit inside a month. Who would ever want to work with such a loser?

December 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

TONY SPORANO
THIS IS WHY COPS DONT GET A LOT OF RESPECT !!! IT TAKES ONE GOOFY COP TO DO THIS . THIS PUTS A BAD TASTE IN THE PUBLICS EYES ON THE POLICE DEPT !!!

December 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply | Report comment

SheriTX
A waste of tax dollars…oh wait! MD is primarily Democrats….never mind.

December 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

Peggy G.
Someone should give the cop a ticket for lacking common decency.

December 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jack
Unfortunately, the DNR officer is still alive. Too bad they did not throw his dumb, sorry ass into the icy waters and let him drown. Pure idiocy.

December 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply | Report comment

bambihugger
MfrCA–you should eat your own young

December 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

Not Chicken Little
Kudos to the rescuers for helping the animal even though it meant putting themselves in considerable danger. And two thumbs down for the officer who needs to be reprimanded IMO.

December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rose
Answer: If you find a natural resources officer drowning in freezing water, then just let them drown in the icy water.

December 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

James Woods
You can understand the reason why we have the ‘regulations’ we have since you don’t want a rescue operation turning into something that requires another rescue operations but when there is an immediate threat of danger to someone or something you have to do what you have to do.

I guess the bean counter would of let the deer drown. Or would he write it a ticket?

December 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

James Woods
Just imagine if it were an illegal alien out there. Not only would the ticket writer probably of jumped in to help but we’d of had thousands of dollars of medical treatment help on scene.

No one deserves to die in a situation that can be prevented; deer or otherwise.

But I can guarantee you no tickets would of been issued for the rescue of an illegal.

These are the exact types of bean counters in government that need to find new minimum wage jobs since we can’t afford to pay these mindless morons running around with ticket books.

December 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tim Hammond
The article said they had oars and shovels. The oar should have been used on the cop and the shovel to dug the ditch for the body. Death to the New World Order. We are not your slaves. The Tribulation starts the day Palestine is recognized as a nation. It will happen in 2011. The Rapture comes first.

December 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Reply | Report comment

Danbury
No good deed goes unpunished!

December 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply | Report comment

rem
AMERIKA SUCKS!!!! How’s that New World Order & Policed State Working out for everyone.. Enjoy.

December 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

Toad
Small brain/lot of power makes for a dumba$$ government employee.

December 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply | Report comment

Seattle
Some 10 year old girls here found a seal pup on the beach unattended and took it home and put it in their bathtub. Their Dad comes home and makes them take it back, naturally. Somebody sees them and calls Fish and Wildlife to assist the still unattended pup. Two armed agents go to their girls’ door and makes a huge deal taking everyone’s ID and they got a ticket and court date. The guy was threatening a felony arrest too. Unbelievable. Not sure I’d help one of them if they fell through the ice.

December 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply | Report comment

Osamas Pajamas
I don’t always think about sex. Somethings I think about OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT! They should have beat this government axxhole with an axe handle!

December 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply | Report comment

Strawman
The day is coming when out of control cops will be hoping for good Samaritans. The few that are out of control with power are making it hard to like the good ones.

December 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply | Report comment

Pat Fenis
I wish I was a conservative lawyer and could defend these men in court.
I hope someone will step up and provide a legal defense pro bono.

December 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dean Surritte
i say lets throw the cop in the river, maybe he will get some common sense ! what a dirt bag,

December 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ron
That sap should be looking for poachers. These guys didn’t deserve citations at $90 a crack.

December 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tim Hammond
Reading through these comments is scary. Most of you people have not for a clue what is going on. The USA is over. The ONE WORLD GOVT is here. We are in the end times of the Bible. The riots in Greece, Ireland, Italy, UK, and France will be here soon. The illuminati have bankrupted each nation to subdue it. Don’t believe me? Try this link http://www.itanimulli.com
Everything is a deception. All terrorism inside the US including 9/11 was done by our own govt. TSA pat downs and excesive tickets are just ways to keep you down. Jesus is the only thing that matters and he will be coming back soon.

December 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

rbcintexas
Tim – a year or two ago I would have said that you are nuts but with what I have see, heard and read, anything is possible, I have no doubt that people controlled by the uber rich are controlling things from behind the curtains and we have lost our nation. I have no doubt that it is not a question of if we are going to have another bloddy revolution, the question is when. They are pushing teh American people and something has to give. Just remember what they are doing. The radicals are now at the top controlling things and they are agitating the people to revolt as in Greece. As Communist Van Jones, one of Obama’s bussies has said – it is top down, botttom up and inside out. Every last thing that is happening from inflation to the dollar dropping and everything else we are going through is being done to us on purpose and it is Obama, Congress and a whole bunch of radicals.

December 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tim Hammond
Hi and thank you for commenting. Three years ago inwould have said I was nuts too, lol. Read the book of Daniel. In ch7 it describes the one world govt which lasts for 7 years. The Tribulation starts in Daniel 9:27 with a 7 year covenant. The contents of that covenant are in Revelation 11:1-2. Israel gets the right to build their third temple and Palestine gets Jerusalem. What is the top subject at the UN? Forcing Israel back to it’s 1967 borders and recognizing Palestine as a nation. The very day that happens (and it will be in 2011) the Tribulation starts. The 42 month is the key because the treaty is for 84 months (seven 360 day years). The treaty is broken at the midpoint when the Antichrist goes intotje temple and claims to be God – the abomination that causes desolation. We are in a 70 year countdown from May 14, 1948. That means achrist returns in 2018 but you have to come back 7 years for the Tribulation which is 2011. The Rapture of the church has to happen before the Trib. The rooms of Isaiah 26:19-21 are the same ones in John 14:1-3. I Corinth 15:51-55, 1 Thess 4:16-18, Song of Solomon 2:8-13. Things are about to get crazy and in Hosea 4:6 God says his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Bobito
Reading through these comments IS scary. Yours proves the point.

December 18, 2010 at 7:04 am | Reply | Report comment

noseitall
No good deed goes unpunished.

December 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

rbcintexas
This is crazy. What have we become when we have tickets being written for saving a deer from drowning, for kids operating a lemonaide stand, children getting expelled for a piece of candy – have our government officials gone mad? People we have to do something to stop the tyranny that we are now living under on so many levels.

December 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Pat
Welcome to MD, the most taxed and least represented state in the union. The police here are neutered in all aspects – except collecting fines. Speed traps, vehicular minutiae, nuisance fines, etc. Heaven help you if you need to report a crime. I’ve actually had to chase police who were running away so they didn’t have to file paperwork. What they did to these people doesn’t surprise me in the least.

December 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply | Report comment

carter
Bawlimore Cops are all related to each other… Let it go.

December 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

JSimple
LOL – next time, put a noose around the deer’s neck and drag it out and enjoy the venison. Unbelievable.

December 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

Billy
Another victimless “crime” with which the state can fill its coffers. Yay….they’ll be able to hire more tax feeders to find even more outrageous ways to pilfer your money.

December 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply | Report comment

Devil Dog
Don’t pay the ticket. Make them take up the offense.

December 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ange
Barney Fife is alive and well in Baltimore County…………….

December 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

ruban
Let’s get the fact it appears the citation is for no life vest on the boa, which it does not matter your age it is a law you need on for each passenger on the boat. The headline could have read 2 men die trying to rescue a deer. Yes it was very nice of them to risk their lives doing this deed ,BUT they also put the lives of public safety at risk by not being prepared . Calling the communications number only ties up the public safety personnel from doing their job. Would you call 911 if you were not happy with the county police did something that you do not agree with?

December 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

Alexander
From Atlas Shrugged – 1957

Dr. Ferris is the government worker and Mr. Rearden is the industrialist.

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?”, said Dr. Ferris.  “We want them broken.  You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age of beautiful gestures.  We’re after power and we mean it.  You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it.  There’s no way to rule innocent men.  The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.  Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.  One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.  Who wants a nation of law abiding citizens?  What’s there in that for anyone?  But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt.  Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

‘Nuff said

December 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mhu Cao
Find the loser who wrote the ticket and kill him. It’s time we trim the herd, starting with jerk-o law enforcement. All liberals are next.

December 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

erfaust
The Peoples Republic of Maryland- This is what has moved thousands like us to West by God Virginia

December 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply | Report comment

Charlie Harper
Deer are evil, but this is going a bit far. I guess this is why they used to call them pigs back in the 60s.

December 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

Nemesister
A natural resources police officer. Well, folks, that says it all. The over reaching government with its myriad of bureaucracies has stolen our freedom. These mindless faceless idiots with the power of their own little domain are making our lives miserable. It’s time to revolt! Off with their heads! Take our country back!

December 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply | Report comment

Goodgold
Our government officials run amok – no common sense, just a feeling of power.

December 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Mhu Cao
Local law enforcement think they are junior G-Men. Some men & women are cool, but the majority are power-tripping fools, using some half-baked zero-tolerance policy instead of common sense and discretion. They don’t follow the Consitution and they aren’t on the side of the People. Their as bright as mall cops and have the same lack of integrity.

December 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

marcus
Throw the officer in the water, tickets and all.

December 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Reply | Report comment

Bambi
I sure miss America…

December 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

d h
This is a cop who needs to be tasered and left in an alley with a sign around his neck, “DO NOT RESCUE”.

December 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Reply | Report comment

tigress17
First of all the men supposibly got a ticket for not wearing a life jacket, but they were of age and did have two flotation devices in the boat with them, they were in a rubber boat. Officer Miller, the DNR that wrote the tickets and the fire department were just standing around waiting for the deer to drown, so we took action. Miller said “That the men were risking their lives to save an animal that will get hit by a car anyway”.

December 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Reply | Report comment

ralph
And this DNR officer is probably the same one that is getting 20 calls a day about all the deer eating everybody’s plants and gardens and running in front of their cars.

December 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Let Nature Take its Course
Eco-systems are carefully balanced systems. I’m sure it’s heartbreaking to see, but if an animal is dying of natural causes, humans shouldn’t intervene. Where will these rescuers be when this deer doesn’t have enough food to make it through the winter?

Now obviously these people had their hearts in the right place. But they should take a cue from the US Parks Service. If an animal is dying in Yellowstone or any other national park BECAUSE OF HUMANS (hit by car, fed non-native poisonous food) they intervene. But if humans did not cause their distress, they will not rescue the animals.

December 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dean in Iowa
Ticketing these guys is wrong on SOOO many levels.

Is this dear not a “Natural Resource” of the people of Maryland and the United States? By what right does DNR allow a natural resource to be destroyed?

Let it die? Do these idiots at DNR comprehend how many 100K’s and MILLIONS we spend in this country to save helpless animals every year? We should never try to rescue beached whales? Or pull mother ducks and her ducklings from a sewer? or spend all kinds of time and resources trying to find a duck that had been pierced by a blunted arrow?

Let nature go without interference? Not me! God gave me intelligence to know hen to let nature do her job and when to interfere? Let nature do her job? So nobody better mow their lawns anymore. They’re interfering with nature. I shouldn’t have picked up that pigeon low those many years ago and nursed it back to health because I was interfering with nature? And we’d all better let our pets go too!! The only time we’re going to be safe from interfering with nature is when we give up fire and the wheel and climb back up into the trees.Where’s PETA to crawl up this cops backside?? Oh yeah. No political power trip here.

So it sounds like this DNR cop was just standing there and watching thse deer die? Charming, just charming. :(

Kudos to these GOOD Samaritans!

Godspeed

December 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply | Report comment

d h
I want to add that Kai Johnson is a coward for not giving his opinion of the situation. Or is it the cowardace of his boss who would not let him. Get some balls Kai. The least you could have said was that the cop punished good behavior.

December 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Reply | Report comment

John-Pierre M. Hannam
That cop should be doing something more useful like standing on the side of the road with a speed gun. Hearing about cops like this makes me proud to be a taxpayer in Maryland! O’Malley must be so happy …

December 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Gearson Fredge Crawley
“And he didn’t say anything,” Jim Hart said. “We went in and out of the water numerous times. He didn’t stop us at all.”

They say they were ticketed for not wearing life vests, although both are over the age for mandatory use of flotation devices.”

-Why didnt he simply stop them first instead of the ticket?

December 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

cuda65
Used to be the police were on OUR side … now they are the enemy. They’ve made that clear by this and countless other episodes around the country in recent years. All they care about is their JOBS and their REVENUE. Everything else doesn’t mean squat to them.

December 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Animal Lover
I have an idea that would make the local authority less eager to pony up bogus charges, wasting energy and resources so frivolously.
Axe this officer’s job in the next budget review to lessen the burden on the taxpayers.
Why wasn’t he doing the job of preserving this animal’s life?
He should be canned for that, alone.

December 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ron Reale
They should have put the officer under the ice, it is exactly what he deserved.
PHUCK these government drones.
Ron Reale
realetybytes.com

December 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jeme
Reversing the incident, lets say it was the park ranger that was in the water and these two brave men came to his rescue, I just wonder if the non common sense officer would of issued a citation to those hero’s. Folks are country is in such bad shape, I honestly believe the public servants and the military would turn on the American public. Parents, school systems, and government have excused the common sense rule of living. It’s bye bye America and it’s happening fast.

December 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

dan long
Mall cop in woods strikes again

December 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

DAVID
Suppose the men had fallen in during the rescue attempt and could not escape from the icey water just like the deer. Suppose they had drowned who would be responsible then and who would pay the rescue and ambulance bill for them ?

December 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ray Mink
I wonder if they would still be cited if it was a human instead of a deer?

December 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Reply | Report comment

dan long
He’s not a cop.He just checks to see if your fish is legal and your motor boat.I blame O’malley—People’s Repubiic of Md.

December 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

A. Stinnett
These guys are HEROES.

December 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

W.C. Varones
I hope that worthless revenue pig dies a horrible death.

December 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply | Report comment

martinizai
I wonder if the officer would have issued a ticket if it was a person in those icy waters… Maked you think twice before getting all heroic up in Maryland without the proper floatation device.

December 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply | Report comment

dan long
what exactly does a natural resourse “officer’ do except check the size of your crabs.

December 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tim Hammond
Funny, I thought that was the TSA’s mission!

December 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

steve
That is the kind of guy I need for my company, http://scrabblecheat.com
A tear comes to my eye when I think of the cruel type needed to stand there while people risk their lives for a good cause and then give them tickets.
I need him for my site bad.

December 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

John
I am so glad I left the East Coast years ago and never came back. Big Brother is always watching you. Ready with that ticket book. I have lived out west since the 1970′s and have gotten one ticket. Huge difference in lifestyles. I have no regrets.
Merry Christmas to the deer.

December 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jack
These government bozos keep this s__t up and some of them are going to find their a_ses shot off.

December 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Reply | Report comment

JM in San Diego
“Natural Resources Police Officer”? Ha! No such thing. That’s a tree-hugger with a badge. Abolish the positions and save some tax money.

December 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Reply | Report comment

DanDaley
This is what happens in a state run by liberals! Insanity!

December 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Reply | Report comment

helpful
Want to give someone at the Maryland DNR Police a piece of your mind, go here;

http://www.dbm.state.md.us/phonebook/OfficeSub.asp?OID=1975

December 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

kathy ward
Overwhelmingly, most people are good… these rescuers, the police, clergy, teachers, physicians… our neighbors, family members, friends. This officer is probably a decent man…. albeit misguided or confused. This needs to be further investigated, but I don’t know that it requires him to be fired… and certainly it doesn’t deserve calling for him to be tossed in to drown. [ I understand the anger and frustration over what happened… I feel it too, but calling for the officer to be tossed in to drown is beyond the pale.] I doubt that this will make it to court, but suspect that it will be remedied beforehand, so long as they didn’t break any statutes. But even sad situations such as these can serve as valuable learning experiences. It provides the DNR with an opportunity to re-evaluate training & education (both law and social), protocols and procedures. But based upon the story as written, these rescuers are heroes who should be thanked… not penalized.

December 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

Nancy
That cop is about a spineless, worthless, no good for nothing sorry ass excuse for a human being that I ever saw. They should fire him and ship him off to another state because he is a total embarresment to the state of Maryland!!!!! Thank god for the guys that saved that deer’s life. You guys are great!!

December 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jim Plantz
Cities and counties are ticketing anything and everything to get money. Field and game just gave Santa Barbara a $400,000.00 fine for killing a Salamander on a county job. That’s what you get for voting in an Endangered Species Act.

December 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dew
….. and after your citation is repealed don’t hesitate to have your lawyer put the gestapo wannabe behind bars where he belongs!

December 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Reply | Report comment

dallasdan
The cop is a worthless POS. End of discussion.

December 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

Casey Klaes
The one man who got the ticket Kahlil abusakran is my uncle we are so proud of him for saving the deer, just one thing to the police officer a 90.00 ticket for saving a deer but if it was something like beating a dog to death someone would get away with that but saving a deer give me a break, don’t you guys have something better to do then to give my uncle a ticket for suck a great thing.

December 18, 2010 at 12:07 am | Reply | Report comment

True Patriot
Deer are like rodents where I’m from, but it was a nice thing to do. The cop is obviously an idiot. Standard new piggy, hire the stupid people to protect our rights …makes it easier to turn us into a police state because they can’t think for themselves.

December 18, 2010 at 12:10 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
Deer, dear!
They should have saved him for the freezer.
But modern day Obamamania Police State Orwellian Think Police would never let you do that.
Not unless you pay your Police State Save A Deer Tax, first.
It wasn’t Bambi, was it?

December 18, 2010 at 12:16 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
Know why there are no feral cats in Red China, nor any black dogs in the Ilocano section except on chains in Lahaina, Maui? I think you know the reason.
You just need the right adobo recipet, vinegar, shoyu, garlic and oil.
Next, the Red Chinese will bring us “Soylent Green.”
In nice small packages, of course.
Some day, I shall have to learn how to skin a cat.

December 18, 2010 at 12:21 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
SO JUST WHY WASN’T AMERICAN GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON FINED FOR EXACTLY THAT? BY KING GEORGE’S MARSHALS?

December 18, 2010 at 12:26 am | Reply | Report comment

Dave
David
The TSA is looking for people with that attitude.

December 18, 2010 at 12:28 am | Reply | Report comment

Jake
Send him to the North Pole or to the South Pole or to China…………….

December 18, 2010 at 12:33 am | Reply | Report comment

Ted
Typical government. An officer with control but without an ounce of brains or common sense writes a ticket for heroes. He has a job, insurance and overtime I bet. He/she doesn’t have an ounce of brains. When are these government types going to have to pay for stupidity?

It is up to us–the American public. Don’t put up with this BS anymore.

December 18, 2010 at 12:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick A Hyatt
But did they have a proper hygenic deer jerky permit???

December 18, 2010 at 12:55 am | Reply | Report comment

Toro
Sounds like a zero tolerance ticket (this of course equates to zero intelligence on the officer).

December 18, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply | Report comment

porterv
An intelligence test is required to become a cop. If you are smarter than a turnip, you won’t be hired.

December 18, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply | Report comment

Mark Matis
When is it time for the pigs to rot in hell where they belong?

December 18, 2010 at 1:39 am | Reply | Report comment

Adrian Vance
How much you want to bet that bop is a Democrat?

December 18, 2010 at 1:40 am | Reply | Report comment

RidgeRunner
That “officer” should be suspended for improper judgment and bringing his department into disrepute.
Sounds more like the mentality of a parking meter maid gone mad.

December 18, 2010 at 1:43 am | Reply | Report comment

Robo
And this guy is paid from our tax dollars. What a waste of resources! This is one good reason why we need to limit our taxes.

Worthless goverment position.

December 18, 2010 at 1:47 am | Reply | Report comment

Robet
Typical for Maryland cops… Total FAIL

December 18, 2010 at 1:53 am | Reply | Report comment

MJ
It’s a stupid law that requires adults to wear liifejackets or be fined and the legislators that passed that law are idiots. So is the cop that fined the rescuers. Henry you are a big baby and a whiner. America did not get to be the great country it is because our forefathers had to wear seat belts and life jackets.

December 18, 2010 at 1:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Ed
Hehry is a cop, says he was there and is defending the ticket writer. You were the joker that wrote the ticket weren’t you Hemry?

December 18, 2010 at 2:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Son of Liberty
Now the guy that wrote that ticket is a prime example of what a real dewsh is.

December 18, 2010 at 2:24 am | Reply | Report comment

Reggie
They hire morons that have no ability to think or use common sense for the common good in situations such as these. This is happening all over the country, we the people are the enemy because the socialist government needs to steal our resources to fund their anti-American projects. You can find stories such as these all over the United States. They want your money, so they hire morons who they convince to write out tickets while they sit on their thumbs.

December 18, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply | Report comment

Mike
They should have used those tickets to get a fire going to warm that deer up.

Seriously, most of these dumb a$$ laws are nothing more than revenue generators for counties and states.

That cop should lose his job for this. He’s clearly unfit to “Protect and Serve”; actually, he’s too stupid.

December 18, 2010 at 2:39 am | Reply | Report comment

bb
I got a parking ticket the other day. I parked next to a parking meter, and I paid the meter. Trouble is… they cleaned the streets that day and fined everyone who was parked there. They didn’t have to warn us… they are the government.
When I went to pay the fine of $50… the website ended with “Revenue Department”.
Don’t you get it?!?!?!
Most of these fines are A SOURCE OF REVENUE for them.
It’s not about stopping you from doing something… it’s about the government putting more money in their pockets any way they can.
Our entire government has become a joke.
There are 100 layers… From president down to alderman.
So many layers in fact… that they need to set up ridiculous rules (like trip wires) so we will definitely trip them and end up having to owe them money.
Our government is a joke… on every level.
Nothing more needs to be said.

December 18, 2010 at 2:41 am | Reply | Report comment

N
Gotta close that budget gap somehow

December 18, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply | Report comment

bydand
OK Tom, next time you get robbed or in a traffic acident, call a hippie

December 18, 2010 at 3:27 am | Reply | Report comment

Blammo
Cops are idiots. They shoulda tied a large rock to his brainwashed neck and tossed him in !

December 18, 2010 at 4:01 am | Reply | Report comment

you get what you deserve
You people in Maryland are to damn close to DC. You vote in a bunch of politicians to create a nanny state and the letter of the law, not the intent, a bureaucrat with power does not use “common sense.”
I know you Democrats who voted in the likes of Coons don’t want to see the connection, but until you can – this is the “common senselessness” you have asked for. Government running your life-from the dyes and sweeteners in your breakfast to the amount of water in your toilet to the kind of light bulb you turn put when you ge to sleep at night.

December 18, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply | Report comment

CHANGE IN 2012
MUST HAVE BEEN A LIBERAL DEMOCRATE RENT-A-BOYSCOUT COP

December 18, 2010 at 4:56 am | Reply | Report comment

JB1955
One good thing, besides the deer being saved , is reading that most feel that issuing these men tickets was idiotic. It’s refreshing to read that most folks have their heads on straight.

December 18, 2010 at 5:56 am | Reply | Report comment

John
Yet another super dumb cop. Pigs one and all. Maybe he will drown in icy water while a deer watches from shore.

December 18, 2010 at 6:06 am | Reply | Report comment

pierider
Man that is almost as stupid as arresting someone for growing flowers.

End prohibition NOW!

December 18, 2010 at 6:13 am | Reply | Report comment

[insert Facepalm here]
” natural resources police officer” LOL! Wannabe BPD. And NOW we know why this yeahoo flunked the psychological testing to become any MD LEO.

December 18, 2010 at 6:16 am | Reply | Report comment

Jimmy Mac
Just another Barney Fife sticking his chest out in the Land of the Fee and the Home of the Rave.

December 18, 2010 at 6:19 am | Reply | Report comment

Kathy
Fire that idiotic cop. Next time it could be a person trapped in freezing water with that moron standing there with his little ticket book. Some people are simply too dumb to be given power of any type of power.

December 18, 2010 at 6:41 am | Reply | Report comment

DON
ASSHAT

December 18, 2010 at 6:55 am | Reply | Report comment

Sansan
Conservation officers are little Nazi inforcers of Obama type laws meant to control us. They don’t care about nature or the animals that live on our lands; it is all about control people!

December 18, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Piggy
Government’s finest. He’ll probably end up as a professional groper for the TSA.

December 18, 2010 at 6:59 am | Reply | Report comment

Jon
Welcome to the insanity of MD life. Anything to try to “steal” a dollar from a citizien!

December 18, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply | Report comment

Don
It sounds like this cop is acting on some kind of prejudice be it race or personal issues. I would insist on an investigation by internal affairs.

December 18, 2010 at 7:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Jesus_Loves_You!
Nazis. Welcome to the Police State.

December 18, 2010 at 7:31 am | Reply | Report comment

Don
Another cases of a pinhead civil servant who has no common sense.
Thank googness the government minions are looking out for us.
Where would we be without them?

December 18, 2010 at 7:34 am | Reply | Report comment

terru
there is to much government

December 18, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply | Report comment

Country Boy
Ehh… What a Maroon Doc!

Merry Christmas to all!

December 18, 2010 at 7:41 am | Reply | Report comment

Gracey
Thank you so much you awesome heros for saving a dear deers life. You risked your life and health to save an innocent animal! How wonderful. this is the best news I heard in a while. As for the moron cop, you should have trown the ticket and him in the icy water and see if he wanted to be rescued and reconsider the ticket. Almost all of us here will go to court and fight the ticket with and for you!

December 18, 2010 at 7:44 am | Reply | Report comment

Chris
This story is a little like my brother’s situation. He works hard and provides for his wife and child. Wife is unhappy. Wife files for divorce with government (ironically “Family Court”). A government employee, a judge, automatically, though my brother is legally innocent, takes from my brother his son, eighteen years of his income, and most of his stuff, while giving him loads of debt. Lesson: do not get a marriage license.

December 18, 2010 at 7:48 am | Reply | Report comment

bobbyboy
I’ll bet the ticket writer voted 4 obama & is a democrat. Complete and total inconsistency. Had this been an illegal alien these folks would have been hailed as heroes & given awards. They (the rescuers) should claim the deer was an illegal and in a sanctuary city. Problem solved. bho (& democrats) are heartless, gutless cowards.

December 18, 2010 at 7:49 am | Reply | Report comment

Babba-Gi
Maryland DNR = Do Nothing Right and Do Not Rescue.

I capsized a sailboat one November at Deep Creek Lake Md. about 200 yards from a crowded DNR Visitors Center. Visitors waved at us as we sat freezing on top of the capsized boat for a half hour until a kind fisherman took my family off. Later I asked at the DNR center if they knew about the capsized sailboat and they said yes. It seems numerous visitors told them about it. The center had two DNR boats at their dock; one even said Rescue on it in foot tall letters. I guess this is why at Deep Creek Lake the DNR rangers are referred to as “Janitors With A Gun”.

December 18, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply | Report comment

Denise
Well God bless those men for saving the life of one of God’s creatures. Sadly, no good deed goes unpunished.

December 18, 2010 at 7:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Pat
Notice the paper omits the officer’s name.The officer may be a metrosexual or woman motivated by jealousy – unable to do manly heroic acts – to achieve a revenue quota.

December 18, 2010 at 8:04 am | Reply | Report comment

mardler
This is part of the reason why we need to slim government. Just as with the TSA, government goons think they are doing a good job if they follow process, rather than use their judgement. Their whole system is about process. Imagine how bad it would be if the government were twice as big. . . . That’s how Europe is. Let’s not go there.

December 18, 2010 at 8:06 am | Reply | Report comment

Mike
Officer Stupid to the rescue.

December 18, 2010 at 8:09 am | Reply | Report comment

JD
Sounds like a good case for jury nullification:
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/zenger/nullification.html

December 18, 2010 at 8:10 am | Reply | Report comment

BikerBen
A large number of these guys are just bullies. About the only thing one can do in cases like this is retribution. You have his name, you can easily obtain his home address, and you have all the time in the world.

December 18, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply | Report comment

DanMc
Fire the idiot enviro wacko cop. It’s people like this that need to be removed from any sort of public service.

December 18, 2010 at 8:14 am | Reply | Report comment

Kay
Can’t anyone be a good Samaritan anymore without worry of lawsuits, being taken to court. What’s this world coming to. No good. Glad to see there are still people who care and are willing to show that they care. These guys are heroes in my book. I’d like to see follow-up to see how this turns out.

December 18, 2010 at 8:15 am | Reply | Report comment

JohnnyReb
Should we really have expected something different from a government skank?

December 18, 2010 at 8:15 am | Reply | Report comment

Tony
That officer should be ashamed of himself for what he did. I’ll bet if it was a box of Glazed Doughnuts on that ice, he’d be in there in a heartbeat.

December 18, 2010 at 8:20 am | Reply | Report comment

John G
This ticket was for one thing, thinking outside groupthought.

December 18, 2010 at 8:22 am | Reply | Report comment

Ralphy Jay
No good deed goes unpunished.

December 18, 2010 at 8:24 am | Reply | Report comment

MLS
Rules are rules! If the deer had been wearing a life jacket none of this would have happened!

December 18, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply | Report comment

Rojonecker
The DNR officer was trying to let these idiots work themselves out of the gene pool. Had I been there, I would have stabbed the deer in the neck, dragged it home, then ate it…

December 18, 2010 at 8:27 am | Reply | Report comment

ed
Must have been a jewish officer…the deer wasn’t kosher…………

December 18, 2010 at 8:30 am | Reply | Report comment

snapper
No good deed will go unpunished by Baltimore County evidently. Maybe the greenies are right about the environmental threats if this is an example of the “natural resources officer” at work.

December 18, 2010 at 8:32 am | Reply | Report comment

Engineer in Virginia
The game official shoujld be fired immediately for being incompetent and for embarassing the entire State of Maryland. When I first read this story, I thought it was some kind of joke.

December 18, 2010 at 8:34 am | Reply | Report comment

UyeahU
Why must people in power throw their weight around? A good deed was done, and the officer made no attempt to stop the men. If they were in danger afterward, why not during the rescue. We have got to reign in this nanny state mentality. We need to recapture the freedoms our forefathers fought for. We are doing to our people with laws and regulations what the USSR did to their people with guns, only more slowly and insidiously

December 18, 2010 at 8:34 am | Reply | Report comment

David
I think the problem is that deer are considered a nuisance. But that does not explain why a citation was issued for a statute that was not violated. Both were “consenting adults,” not kids. I think the officer was trying to get his brownie points for bringing in money.

December 18, 2010 at 8:48 am | Reply | Report comment

jim
Seems to me this “game warden” is ready to be elected to the U.S. Congress!
Can someone be fired for being stupid?

December 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Reply | Report comment

Sue
SUE COP THE SOB COP
Repeat SUE the Him personaly !!!!
Rule of Law dot Com Randy Kelton

December 18, 2010 at 8:50 am | Reply | Report comment

cottereaux
Why did the natural resources police officer just stand there and not help? Guess a deer is not a natural resources? Or was he/she on a break?

Further proof the government is hurting for money when an official issues a stupid fine.

December 18, 2010 at 8:53 am | Reply | Report comment

HarlanR
Our fine liberal MaryLand gubmint at work. “Natural resources”…to a gubmint employee natural resources are green and pictures of dead white men on them.

December 18, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply | Report comment

Cindy
I pray that this officer never finds himself in need of rescuing with no one but the guys he ticketed for this to help. I would have been right there in the raft with them to help that deer! And if it turns out that they actually have to pay the $90 fine, I’ll throw in a $20 of my own to help them! And I’m sure there are others who would do the same thing. These guys should not have to pay a red cent from thier own pocket for this!

December 18, 2010 at 8:55 am | Reply | Report comment

Otis the drunk
Way to go Barney. Looks like Sherriff Taylor has some splanin to do.

December 18, 2010 at 8:56 am | Reply | Report comment

Moby
The officer should be fired. He obviously has nothing better to do and is therefore an unnecessary use of taxpayer dollars.

December 18, 2010 at 9:04 am | Reply | Report comment

HMichaelH
If you think we do NOT have too much government, and the government we have is abusive and dangerous, then understand this story.

This is beyond idiocy! The Peoples’ Republic of Maryland is out of control with it’s Liberal nonsense.

HMH, Mt. Airy, MD

December 18, 2010 at 9:09 am | Reply | Report comment

k e
The time has come to defund these environmental enforcement departments. It’s obvious they are a complete squander of resources.

December 18, 2010 at 9:09 am | Reply | Report comment

Bill Javert
They should have thrown the cop and his ticket book into the water.

December 18, 2010 at 9:14 am | Reply | Report comment

Terry
Had they offered to share the venison with the officer they may not have gotten a ticket.

December 18, 2010 at 9:14 am | Reply | Report comment

donttreadonme
Henry, you are a moral coward. You are glad there exist regulations for you to hide behind in the event you are called upon to do the right thing. This way, you get to stand safely on the sidelines protected from making a decision that may involve some spine. Was the cop writing the ticket related to you? He seemed to have the same mindset.

December 18, 2010 at 9:16 am | Reply | Report comment

C Martin
You goverment idiot a work

December 18, 2010 at 9:18 am | Reply | Report comment

john
This moron cop deserves the turd annual award of the year.
What a moron!

December 18, 2010 at 9:18 am | Reply | Report comment

Brian
I’m sorry, but if anyone here knew the story of the Good Samaritan, he was helping a fellow human being, not an animal… not that I don’t love animals as much as the next guy, but come on…

December 18, 2010 at 9:24 am | Reply | Report comment

William
Ive known a few policemen. One lives across the street. If you hear the way they talk about civilians you would be shocked. It really is an us agaisnt them mentality. They really believe all civilians are criminals that just havnt had the chance yet. They have a military mindset that reminded me how troops viewed Iraqies and Afgans when i was in the military. The few times ive been pulled over they talked down to me, belittled me and tried to provoke me to say something. In my opinion it is getting worse. So if you do a good deed, you get a ticket. If you try to help someone getting kicked on a bus, you get arrested with them and sued. If you wait on the police, they take forever and you might be dead by the time they get to you yet if you own a gun and protect your family your put into jail. Well i will continue to help people, animals and myself and to h-ll with the what our para-military police think. You would think im some big liberal leftest the way im talking. No im a rrepublican and alot of us are getting tired of it not being our country, not being allowed to be free to do something like helping a poor deer. Are a few policemen ok? Sure. But the overall attitude of most of them stink yet we must praise them or look like we hate the police. So thats my rant on this subject.

December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am | Reply | Report comment

Thron
Hey, the liberals have almost made it a crime to become wealthy from creating jobs, why shouldn’t some left-wing Barney Fife make it a crime to save a deer from drowning?

December 18, 2010 at 9:28 am | Reply | Report comment

Victor Pinto
My life isn’t worth that of a deer.

It is called Nature: deer falls in, deer dies. Oh well.

December 18, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply | Report comment

Greg
Years ago, police throught of themselves as “Peace Officers” who kept the peace. Now they have the mentality of “Law Enforcement Officers”. It is their job, they are taught, to by God enforce the law without using their brain. Big difference.

December 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply | Report comment

Jack
I have several friends who are county deputies in Illinois and one who is the same in Wisconsin. Every single one of them will tell you they have no use for these Natural Resource Officers. They think most if not all of them let the authority they are given go to their head and abuse it constantly. Do not equate these guys or what they do with real police officers.

December 18, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply | Report comment

benth164
Those jerks are no more than glorified Park or Forest Rangers who have now been allowed to carry weapons. These seudo policemen basically have no training as police officers, let alone the intelligence of what we would expect of our policemen. Those fine gentlemen who rescued the deer should go to court with a huge entourage of like minded citizens and fight this and humiliate the idiot who issued the ticket.
I guess that idiot is lucky these good sameritans didn’t thow that idiot in the freezing water to die along with the deer.

December 18, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply | Report comment

Mike
Government employees are supposed to be public servants, not tyrants. Keep up the noise about this until that DNR agent is fired – he is not fit to serve.

December 18, 2010 at 9:41 am | Reply | Report comment

Bonnie Z., Florida
Thank you, Rescuers, for helping “Bambi”!! Hooray, hooray! Glad you will fight the ticket on the grounds that you broke no laws and that the law did not apply in this case (over 16 years old). If I were an attorney, I would represent you pro-bono! I am a nurse, though, and appreciate your successful efforts in saving this little creature”s valuable life! Hope you all are doing well today and recovering from the ordeal. Bravo, bravo!! Well done!!

December 18, 2010 at 9:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Rowdy Boots
AND OF COURSE:

The deaf, dumb and mute “Officer” will get time off to attend court at the public’s expense while these two good men will pay for it all.

HOW DUMB DOES ONE HAVE TO BE TO BE AN ‘OFFICER OF THE LAW”?

December 18, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply | Report comment

JR
If the adults were assuming the risk to themselves for this deer, they shoudn’t be fined. They weren’t really ‘boating’ and the guy knew it. To ticket them for not wearing floation devices is moronic.

But if anyone got into trouble during the course of this, the first thing that someone would do is to call 911 and demand ‘help’ from emergency personnel…who would be required to try to save them, at risk to themselves. You can’t blow that part off.

December 18, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply | Report comment

jff
LMAO …. good for the officer …. stupid deer

December 18, 2010 at 9:46 am | Reply | Report comment

Mike
Governor’s office email is Governor@gov.state.md.us

December 18, 2010 at 9:47 am | Reply | Report comment

Racial Victim
Didn’t the BTK killer have the same kind of job and the same kind of attitude.

December 18, 2010 at 9:48 am | Reply | Report comment

Glenn Warren
The police officer should be fired for not asking and encouraging the two men to wear the life jacket. what a jerk for giving them a ticket after the fact.

December 18, 2010 at 9:49 am | Reply | Report comment

SDG
Nice job guys! Isn’t looking out and protecting wildlife part of the job? Why didn’t the DNR Official lend and hand? Find a new line of work you fool!!

December 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply | Report comment

billy bob
Why not ticket the deer?

December 18, 2010 at 9:55 am | Reply | Report comment

jonh
risk your own life for a deer???? IDIOT’S……………and the ranger should be fired for stupidity!!!!

December 18, 2010 at 9:58 am | Reply | Report comment

GGG
ITS NOT A REAL COP! its DNR, a ‘bunny cop’! in my experience they are as a group a bunch of power tripping dorks who view their role in the world as making people suffer for enjoying the outdoors. I have had several experiences in several states and NEVER found one of them to be ‘professional’. I am not a bit surprised.

December 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply | Report comment

Eduardo Burkhart
QUESTION IS EVEN IF THE PERSON IN ICY WATER, WILL THE GOOD SAMARITANS RESCUING THE PERSON FROM FREEZING WATER……WILL POLICE OFFICER ISSUE THE GOOD SAMARITANS THE TICKETS???????? IS IT AN EMERGENCY ISSUE…IS THE PRIORITY OF SAFETY ISSUE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES……IMAGE IF THE POLICE OFFICER IN THE ICY WATER WILL WE LEAVE AN OFFICER ALONE AND LET POLICE OFFICER DYING…..THINK TWICE…….

December 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Reply | Report comment

Mike
Don’t be so quick to rush to judgment. On the Potomac River, it is MANDATORTY that you WEAR a life vest during the winter months, REGARDLESS OF AGE, not just have them in the boat. I suspect that this may be the case ON THE Patapcso as well. We might not like the laws, but just like speeding laws they are there to protect us and the police from having to put their own lives at risk saving fools without common sense. Nature is a cruel mistress, and this was simply an example of natural selection.

December 18, 2010 at 10:10 am | Reply | Report comment

Cj
As a former (retired/disabled) Police Officer the most important attributes of being a cop are:
Common Sense
and knowing when not to see something.

December 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Reply | Report comment

Simon
Rarely is anything black or white, totally right or totally wrong.
A ticket for doing what you believe is ‘the right thing to do’, that doesn’t place anyone else in danger – No. Would the DNR officer be expected to attempt to rescue them if things went wrong – yes. Would I hold it against him/her if their attempt did not include jumping in the freezing water to do so – no.

We need police, EMS, firefighters, Coast Guard, and so on but there should be a point at which we look at just how the person ended up in their predicament. Jumping into a freezing river to rescue someone who did not choose to be there is one thing, doing the same for someone who went in intentionally is another.

You face choices, make your decision, and hopefully do what is right (not what is legal, not what is smart, not what others would expect of you).
It’s not often we get to make a decision that doesn’t have some negative or unintended consequences. Not my quote, and I wish I could remember who said it, but ” you have to decide which regret you want to live with”.

The rescuers of the deer made their choice and they did a good thing. The DNR officer made their choice, I’m not impressed but I don’t have to see that face in the mirror every morning.
What choice would the officer have made if things went wrong for the rescuers – we’ll never know.

You pays your dime, you takes your chances.

December 18, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply | Report comment

InTheBubble
Off the pigs!

December 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Mannie
I hope that so-called Law Enforcement Officer falls in the drink, and some Good Samaritan throws him an anchor.

December 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply | Report comment

supersites123
Everyone needs to send their thoughts to them here
deprm@baltimorecountymd.gov

This kind of childish gestapo type thinking needs to be eliminated.
We always need to remind the powers that be that we are the boss.
We all need to ban together or we will all end up in their concentration camps.

 

December 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Reply | Report comment

duckandcover
Keystone Conservation Cops strike again.

Hey, man, don’t touch my junk…or my deer.

December 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply | Report comment

Burt
you are so right …an idiot with some power is very dangerous….

December 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

chuck
Typical case of a cop with no common sense, too much authority, and a penchant for revenue enhancement. Can we all say the word STUPID? I hope the judge in this particular case chastises the cop!

December 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

chuck
I’m a cop and the decision of that cop is an embarassment for all of us. Throw him under the ice instead of the deer.

December 18, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply | Report comment

B Leonard
Our wonderful endless tax dollars going to work again, to employ a moron, this officer should be fired for just plain stupidity. And the lack of getting proper treatment for an animal. If he didn’t participate and just stood there watching, then he should be charged with cruelty to animals. Fire his ass!!!!

December 18, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply | Report comment

Jim Anderson
If they have to pay a $90.00 fine, let me know, I will pay for them! Coming from a law enforcement family ( md state police and secret service) I am sorry! My wife would jump in to save a mouse.

December 18, 2010 at 4:16 am | Reply | Report comment

Bobito
I’ve never yet met a cop who let common sense get in the way of exercising his authority.

December 18, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply | Report comment

dave warren
the above story is typical for democrat run states, you get what you voted for, the officer is only ding what the law states, clear and simple, next time you vote, remember goverment intrusion.

December 18, 2010 at 6:50 am | Reply | Report comment

martino
So I guess Lennie Skutnick got a ticket too when he jumped in the Potomac
He didn’t have a life vest either.

December 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply | Report comment

CleanFun
The cop probably threw the deer in the lake to begin with.

December 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

Janet
Thank you for saving the deer. You did the right thing.
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
St. Francis of Assisi

December 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

Denver
Maryland is an pox on the butt of free America everywhere. Of course NY, NJ, PA, VT, CT, MA, RI, D.C. and Delaware are worse, but, then again, so is Red China.

December 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

STUGOTS
IBAD JUDGE MENT CALL , GIVE CREDTI TO THE PEOPLE WHO GOT THE DEER OUT !OF THE ICE !! I DONT RELIY ON ANY COPS . DONT CALL 911 CALL 711 THEY ARE ALWAYS AT THE SEVEN ELEVEN STORES GETTING FREE COFFE !!

December 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply | Report comment

shirley
I agree. They should have thrown the police officer in and then said sorry we can’t rescue you we don’t have our life jackets on and walked away. To bad he doesn’t get a real job.

December 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

Goldenfoxx
Heh! counties and cities are cash strapped for money. The gestapo are out in full force looking for anything and everything to lift money out of your pocket and into theirs. I would fight it too, and make a laughing stock of the police officers. Then they winder why people do not have respect for law enforcement officers. Some of them are truly thugs – they are the type to plant evidence on you then arrest you. Kudos to those who saved the deer!

December 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

Helene
Amazing that you can’t imagine that. Are you living in the USA? Blindfolded or so?
I don’t mean that wrong. But America is the sickest place in the world…Criminals govern the country and animal rescuers are punished…interesting…

December 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

Justin Orwen
And people wonder why nobody wants to help people in various situations anymore. Everything is illegal, you are probably breaking some law right now and dont even know it.

December 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

HH
Guest, there is always more to a story than what is told! Unfortunately you never hear the whole thing!

December 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

David Caskey
Several things , we do not live in a free country. That concept went out the window many decades ago. Then those that think we can get the crooks out of office. Good luck. All we have a choice of is what brand of crook.

This same thing happened with Katrina. Many folks went down with to NO with boats but fish and game gave them tickets for trying to get people off their roof tops without life vest.

We need a revolution.

December 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ar Amytas
These guys were not policemen, but conservation officers. C.O.’s don’t know the law any more than a pig knows about Sunday.

December 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply | Report comment

Teddy
If when trying to save the deer these men get hurt and/or into some sort of trouble and then have to call in rescue personel at tens of thousands of cost to taxpayers…is it smart or worth it to save the deer then?

…and after they saved the deer, what if the next day it walks in front of a truck? or is shot by a hunter for its food value? see, if the animal was a domestic dog or cat then the saved animal would generally be back in a safe home away from harm. Even if it was a cow, its a valuable animal, so it wouldn’t be then set free after its rescue.

People need to think about things instead of jumping in feet first because of emotions. What if one or both of these men got injured and couldn’t work and support his family anymore? Did either of them even consider that possibility? Then they become a huge burden on society…just for the life of a deer that is one of hundreds of millions in the wild. Actually the deer population is growing so fast and out of control that people are being killed in car accidents because hunting has decreased as an American pastime.

Just saying, use reason and think before acting upon your emotions. Didn’t everyone get mad about the guys who got stranded hiking on a mountain in a snow storm and had to be rescued at thousands of dollars in municipal costs? Is this really so different.

Shoot the deer so it doesn’t suffer then use it to feed eople in the homeless shelter…make more sense?

…and the cop was just following the law and also doing his job and also acquiring revenue for your city that keeps your taxes down. If he was mistaken about the lifevest rule then the men will be found not guilty. If you don’t like the rule then change the law, don’t take the easy way out and blame the cop.

Just my 2 cents.

December 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Thomse
The weren’t really fined it’s just the new good human tax. Don’t you know you have to pay the gov’t for the right to do anything.

December 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Terry G
Present day enforcement officers are the new Tax collectors of our society…where have you been?

December 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply | Report comment

dan long
It’s not a police officer.It’s somebody that checks if your fish is legal or if you are using a gas motor instead of electric.

December 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

Tripletap
The cops all over including any low life creep that can issue tickets are doing just that. What a crock and the coward didn’t even have the cajones to step into the drink and help. He oughta be fired and sued for false arrest!

December 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

ZMG
It is interesting to hear everyone complain about America. First of all there are millions of people dying to get in here everyday, so if you don’t like it then please leave.

I know deer are cute and fuzzy but you don’t see people rushing to save other people anymore. I understand you don’t want it to suffer but you need to think before you react. I work in public safety and see way to many people hurt or killed over an animal that gets out fine.

Whether or not the officer was right is a different story. Personally I would have been a little upset at people in freezing water with no life jacket but would not have fined them. . .maybe a little side lecture on the dangers and what to do.

Please stop blaming America for everything. If this country was not free you would not have this forum to express yourself in. You have it way to good, if you don’t believe me next time you are on your plush vacation in the caribbean try to leave the resort and see real poverty.

Gob blee and Merry Christmas.

December 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

itonic5
If this would have taken place in Oakland CA the cop would have shot the deer numerous times and then issue tickets.

December 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Reply | Report comment

Traditionalman
I’ve spent 37 years on the job and I will be the first person to say that the officer who wrote that citation shamed the badge they wear.

December 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Goldenfoxx
Why not fine the cop for taking up court time, and pay the two men $90 each for saving the deer. That would be righteous justice. The cop will think twice about writing a frivolous ticket. It’s authority gone wild!

December 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ajax
To Protect and Serve………………..hmm.

December 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply | Report comment

Sharon Riordan
I agree, if there was a question about “doing your duty”, I hope this has answered it for the constable.
Regardless of what they tell you, just use common sense. We the public will applaud and support you. for a good deed done.

December 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply | Report comment

bernhtp
It’s a terrible shame that the 99% give the 1% good cops a bad name.

December 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

John
I hear ya .But apparently you haven’t traveled to other countries …. this is not the sickest place in the world … please … a bit of an over statement

December 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply | Report comment

Goldenfoxx
I can think of sicker places to be – like living in a country that cuts women’s noses off, beats them to death, mutilates their private parts, kills all girl babies, decapitates and mutilates people. Amazing that you can’t imagine that but it does exist. I don’t see that taking place in the USA. While it may be true that criminals govern the country, we can do something about that – it’s called voting them out of office. When that fails, we have a Revolution. Give me America any day.

December 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply | Report comment

Brenda
I agree with Helene and as far as GoldenFoxx comment, the reason why we dont have alot of these treacherous type things happen in our country is because lower level crime like Mr. Arrogant Policeman are put out on public display to be ashamed of themselves for acting innapropriatly. If the lower level issues like this are not taken care of immediatly it moves on to higher levels of crime to what you have mentioned.

December 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

SmithWinston6478
Helene, You’re right. The bad guys are laughing at us because we have their Trojan Horse in our Whitehouse. To call him a traitor is to insinuate he was once on our sde.
“Vienes una tormente!” – Warning to Sarah Connell ending the first ‘Terminator’ movie.

December 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply | Report comment

John W. Tobin
Just a little note. Criminals govern EVERY country. Even yours, I’ll bet!!

December 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Reply | Report comment

James Meikle
Tom your a fool

December 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply | Report comment

MD nat res dept needs mental training
Tom, you’re a fool… but AN AAAAWESOME FOOL!

December 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply | Report comment

Danbury
Tom, let me defend you. You’re not a fool. You’re an idiot!

December 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply | Report comment

Chuck Curry
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. You may be a fool Tom, but I’ll take a fool over a gangster cop anyday. ;)

December 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jay
Tom, your comment was not fair to actual pigs.

James, please learn how to spell and use punctuation.

December 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply | Report comment

Eliot
With several police officers in my family and having known a few others, I have to say I don’t have any respect for any of them. Tell it like it is, Tom.

December 18, 2010 at 6:06 am | Reply | Report comment

Ira
Eliot sounds like a career criminal!

December 18, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply | Report comment

bobito
Unfair to pigs.

December 18, 2010 at 6:47 am | Reply | Report comment

Justin Orwen
Acually, ill bet in Red China if people had rescued the deer, there would have been no ticket issued.

December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply | Report comment

Seattle
Agree, no ticket – just a tasty meal for all.

December 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply | Report comment

OklahomaBound
If it had been in Red China the government official would have shot the deer as soon as it was pulled out of the water so it could end up on some politicians plate that night.

December 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

Soak it in cider
By your lojic, perhaps one of the rescuers is a regular lottery player and doesn’t play the week he pays the fine. His numbers hit and he missed out on the $120M jackpot.

Lets go another step with your lojic. Since we know he has a heart of gold to save a deer, we can assume he would have set up a college scholarship fund. Now we have fewer kids training to be doctors and scientist. Perhaps one of those kids is the one that would have discovered the cure for the illness that you will suffer from.

I spelled logic with a “j” since your argument is just as ridiculous.

December 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

Lindsay
You’re one of the few logical people I’ve seen post. I completely agree with you.

December 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Reply | Report comment

Thomas Anderson
Foolish comparisons. You are playing what if episodes as if they have any bearing. This is all about an animal suffering. Using your logic, why help your neighbor’s dog get out of the street when tomorrow he might get hit by a car? How about if you go skiing, and my tax dollars have to go to finding you when you get lost. What about if your kid wonders off in the forest and we have to spend money to find him? Should we stop hiking?

What kind of a moronic perspective do you have that we should not try to help a suffering animal because he might suffer tomorrow?

Tell you what Teddy, stay in your nice warm apartment typing your comments; evidentlly there are enough real men and women out there to help alleviate a little suffering.

December 18, 2010 at 1:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Thomas Anderson
Foolish comparisons. You are playing what if episodes as if they have any bearing. This is all about an animal suffering. Using your logic, why help your neighbor’s dog get out of the street when tomorrow he might get hit by a car? How about if you go skiing, and my tax dollars have to go to finding you when you get lost. What about if your kid wonders off in the forest and we have to spend money to find him? Should we stop hiking?

What kind of a moronic perspective do you have that we should not try to help a suffering animal because he might suffer tomorrow?

Tell you what Teddy, stay in your nice warm apartment typing your comments; evidentlly there are enough real men and women out there to help alleviate a little suffering.

December 18, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply | Report comment

Soak it in cider
It probably isn’t mandatory but there probably is a requirement to have a flotation device for everyone in the boat”.

December 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

Terry
No where in the article does it say they were in a boat. The statement is “We went in and out of the water numerous times. He didn’t stop us at all.” Second this is not an actual police officer but a Game Warden for the state.

December 18, 2010 at 8:07 am | Reply | Report comment

Hangtown Bob
We have entire too much overbearing government at all levels. Government, GET OUT OF OUR LIVES!!!! Bring back some COMMON SENSE and INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY.

December 18, 2010 at 8:14 am | Reply | Report comment

old white guy
i would tell them to stick the fine where the sun don’t shine

December 18, 2010 at 8:33 am | Reply | Report comment

Dano
Haha, that was actually funny.

December 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply | Report comment

Dano
Stupidity has no bounds! Tickets with no specific violation! What is next, just look at a cop the wrong way and get a ticket??

December 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply | Report comment

Instigatorus
I ran a major river rafting operation years ago. The State conservation officers were huge pains who went around ticketing rafters for dubious “violations”. I assume it was to generate enough income to keep their jobs. The last thing on their mind was doing anything to preserve the flora and fauna. Meanwhile, if something serious or dangerous broke out, they made themselves scarce. Our opinion of them was not high. I dealt with local PD and park service rangers, and they were always great. These clowns walked around with scowls and were not helpful.

December 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Reply | Report comment

dan long
Good thing it was not in md. waters.

December 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Reply | Report comment

RufusVonDufus
Only in Crocodile Dundee do the animals shoot back. Trying to save “someone” could result in you getting shot, but trying to save Bambi you need not worry about getting shoto–unless this C.O. shoots youi.

December 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply | Report comment

Ted
Yea, you experienced the problem with government. Those in government don’t have a clue as to how they are paid or where the money comes from. We need to cut government at all levels. Vote Conservative! I don’t have an answer other than that. Government is too damn big, too stupid and too intrusive in the lives of all Americans.

December 18, 2010 at 12:53 am | Reply | Report comment

Jebster
They did according to the article…

December 18, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply | Report comment

Pyroclastic Flow
Who Cares being an Idiot is being an Idiot. The Officers common sense was not in his or her head but a bit lower.

December 18, 2010 at 8:03 am | Reply | Report comment

John N
I hope your grammar improves.

December 18, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply | Report comment

Ray
This is the nanny state most of you voted for. My response would have been to throw the officer in the water and make sure he doesn’t get out.

December 18, 2010 at 6:54 am | Reply | Report comment

Mark R
Classic John N…LMAO!

December 18, 2010 at 2:34 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick Daniels
My wife would scream and want me to kill it.

December 18, 2010 at 5:35 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom
I agree

December 18, 2010 at 7:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom
Sadly in the state of Indiana, it has been my experience that you have to take and pass a special prick test to be DN|R.

December 18, 2010 at 7:21 am | Reply | Report comment

Rick
They said that the “brought a raft”

December 18, 2010 at 8:16 am | Reply | Report comment

djs
“No, we didn’t have vests on, but we’re not 16 years old,” Abusakran said. “There were personal floating devices on the boat.”

December 18, 2010 at 8:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Duude
‘A natural resources police officer is another way to say forest ranger which is more accurate. As for you, its apparent you’ve been busted likely drugs, dui, or public stupidity, so I can see where you’re coming from. I don’t understand it, but hey we’re all different.

December 18, 2010 at 9:14 am | Reply | Report comment

DWS
ABJ, By all means next time you’re in trouble don’t call… (the police) You know the men and women who for a meagar paycheck are willing to put themselves in between you and the guy with the gun so you can be free to spout you’re submoronic BS..

BTW most folks on the right side of the law don’t feel this way at all. Had a few beefs have we?

December 18, 2010 at 9:22 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom
Hey genius this isn’t a cop it is the DNR. They are different. Just like in any job you will bad apples, this doesn’t represent all of them. I suggest you try learning something before you comment. Read a book.

December 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply | Report comment

curt
don’t need a cop/police officer to get between me and a guy with a gun. he/she would be to late. i carry my own gun. it is called self reliance, not “O government save me!” Shouldn’t the two guys send “ranger rick” a bill for doing his job?

December 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Reply | Report comment

That guy
The only person on drugs it seems is you “Duude”, and DWS Yeah you’re right i’ve never heard of a rude police officer, what was ABJ thinking? They’re always super respectful. Its probably because they’re generally more educated than the people they’re policing and they don’t go on power trips… Oh waiiitt….

December 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Reply | Report comment

AL Swank
That’s the difference between a LAW Officer and a PEACE Officer.

December 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply | Report comment

J wyatt
To DUUDE, DWS, Tom and anyone else attacking ABJ for having a low opinion about officers:

1. The citation cannot be upheld unless it states what the crime is.

2. If the crime is about life vests, the the law says you have to be 13 or younger before a violation occurs.

Or you could check the LAW out yourself:

2010 Maryland Code
NATURAL RESOURCES
TITLE 8 – WATERS
Subtitle 7 – State Boat Act
§ 8-743. Personal flotation devices.

Your attacks against ABJ’s opinion rather than arguing against a thug park ranger are pathetic.

Go check out Youtube and watch cops acting horribly. Cops think they are above the law and when something suits them, they do it. From tripping a woman down a flight of stairs, to pulling a gun and shoving it into the neck of citizen over a personal grudge, to using tasers against people who exercise their rights.

Baaing like sheeple and kow towing to the police is what they want, and only serves to make the bullies act more like bullies. Attacking ABJ’s opinion and not attacking the ticket writing government thug is anti-American. This country was founded on the demands that government leave the people alone.

People such as yourselves, (i.e. pro-cop boot-licking sycophants), make me sick.

Before a cop demands a citizen obey the law, they should first obey the law themselves. Period.

December 18, 2010 at 10:07 am | Reply | Report comment

Ltpar
Or perhaps he was dealing with a person with the attitude of yours. By the way, Cops don’t have quotas they can write as many tickets as they like. By the way, if you ever find your ass in a sling, please don’t bother calling one of the “lowest of the low.” Call your plumber or auto mechanic.

December 18, 2010 at 10:35 am | Reply | Report comment

JW
DWS is right, don’t call the cops they will probably taze you beat you or kill your dog.

December 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Reply | Report comment

Greg
I have respect for the cops who consider themselves “Peace Officers”. These are the guys to use their heads and keep the peace. “Law Enforcement Officers” on the other hand do not have my respect as they just, as the name implies, enforce the law without using the brain God gave them.

December 18, 2010 at 9:46 am | Reply | Report comment

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