Brunswick firefighter receives PETA award for saving gull
A BRUNSWICK Heads firefighter will receive an award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia for rescuing a gull from fishing line.
Fire officer Trudy Ashworth from Fire & Rescue NSW at Brunswick Heads will receive a Hero to Animals Award after she assisted a gull who was tangled in fishing line and dangling over the Brunswick Heads footbridge.
The gull's legs and wings were tangled in discarded fishing line and he was screeching in distress, a statement from PETA said.
A passing pedestrian raised the alarm, and Ms Ashworth climbed to his rescue, spending several minutes untangling the bird's legs and wings.
No worse for his ordeal, he flew off once the lines were removed.
PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker said for her efforts, Ms Ashworth will receive a framed certificate and letter of appreciation from PETA.
"The compassion and heroism shown by members of Fire & Rescue NSW are truly an inspiration," Mr Baker said.
"Northern Rivers residents are very fortunate to have emergency-service personnel who are ready to protect and serve both residents and local wildlife.
For more information about helping animals, please visit PETA.org.au.