First responders release bald eagle on Fourth of July

KWCH – July 5, 2017


Three first responders in Sedgwick County celebrated the Fourth of July by releasing a bald eagle.

The eagle has special meaning for Steve Gariner and Justin Antle with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and Don Stewart with the Sedgwick County Fire Department. The three men released the national bird, about two months after they helped rescue it.

About two months ago, they got a call about a sick eagle at Lake Afton. Initial reports were that the eagle had lead poisoning.

The men were able to corral the bird and find help for it. In the time since it was rescued, the eagle has been rehabbing back to health at the Eagle Valley Raptor Center.

Gariner, Antle and Stewart describe Tuesday’s release as “awesome,” especially considering what the eagle has been through and what the day of its release represents.

“So to see him fly away a couple months later, on the Fourth of July no less, was a pretty rewarding experience,” Antle says.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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