Chicken + Duct Tape = Reggie

Thursday, May 24, 2007 |

On Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 3:27 PM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, Park Rangers, Animal Regulation, Rec and Parks, Fish and Game and Councilwoman Janice Hahn, all responded to an Animal Assist at 25820 S. Vermont Av. in the Harbor City area.

Apparently, an Alligator had been seen sunbathing in a cordoned off area of the Ken Mallory Regional Park over the last three weeks. The "gator" had no intentions of leaving this "well catered" area, today, dining on a whole chicken. Joggers found the "gator" sunning after the exquisite meal, and put in a call to the office of Janice Hahn. Councilwoman Hahn just happened to be meeting with representatives from the Zoo, Animal Regulation and Rec and Parks, discussing the possible capture of "Reggie" the following week! Meeting adjourned! A 911 call was made for the "experts."

All was a buzz at the OCD Dispatch Center after receiving the 911 call to "assist Animal Regulation in the capture of an alligator." Once on scene, Fire Department resources observed two Park Rangers trying to subdue a very large alligator. Calling for the use of technical equipment, a roll of duct tape, the animals snout and tail were secured, much to his disapproval. With much hissing, most likely upset for leaving the other half of that chicken, the "gator" was packaged up utilizing the durable plastic SKED stretcher, part of the SKED rescue system for confined space or technical rescues. Fire personnel facilitated the transport of the alligator to the Animal Regulation vehicle, which then transported him to the L.A. Zoo. Having reached Rock Star status, "Reggie" arrived at the L.A. Zoo, complete with cheering section and entourage.

Who needs "alligator wranglers" and so called "gator experts" to capture "Reggie" when you have the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and also save a couple bucks! September 2005 was the last incident of an alligator captured in the flood control channel in the same area by Machado Lake.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


m.kahn said...


I started reading the post and it sounded a lot like something Brian would write.

Keep up the good work, and stay safe!

Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark, sounded a lot like something Brian would write.

Gosh Mark, I thought you were offering her a compliment! :)

In all seriousness, thanks for taking the time to offer feedback, which is not only welcome but genuinely necessary for Ron, d'Lisa and I.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Emergency Public Information Center
Los Angeles Fire Department

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