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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Two OPD officers help ducks safely cross SR 200

Two Ocala Police Department officers were in the right place at the right time when they spotted ducks that were attempting to cross State Road 200 on Thursday morning.

According to OPD, Officer Santiago and Officer Barker were traveling southbound on SW Martin Luther King Jr. at around 9:20 a.m. When the officers were about to turn right onto State Road 200, they noticed that the ducks were about to cross the six lanes of traffic.

The officers activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and blocked the road. Officer Barker stepped outside and guarded the family of ducks as they waddled out of harm’s way.

OPD officers help ducks safely cross SR 200
The officers stopped traffic to help a family of ducks safely cross the road (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)
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Officer Barker guarded the ducks as they made their way across State Road 200 (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)

With assistance from the officers, the ducks safely crossed State Road 200 and continued their journey on the sidewalk.

On its Facebook webpage, OPD stated, “We’re relieved that no ducklings were harmed. Nice job, officers.”