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Video of Eau Claire police officer helping ducks gains national attention

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Eau Claire, Wisc. (WEAU) -- It’s a story that has a lot of you talking. An Eau Claire police officer stops traffic so a family of ducks can cross the road.

It happened May 20, as Officer Kevin Putzy was driving on Clairemont Avenue near Stein Boulevard in Eau Claire.

Officer Kyle Roder says Officer Putzy repositioned his squad and activated his emergency lights to warn approaching traffic as the ducks crossed.

Officer Roder says the squad cameras automatically record when the lights are activated. He says he posted the video on You Tube as a way to show the public what officers do.

“There is so much that police do that people never see,” he said. “This is something that won’t make the cut on an episode of COPS or other TV show. Police are real people, with real feelings and emotions. This was a person, who happens to be a police officer, who did the right thing with the resources he had available to him. Police do great work every day, unfortunately most of what we do is overshadowed by the criminal acts we enforce rather than the impact that we have on the community.”

At last check, the video had more than 500,000 views on YouTube.

Officer Roder says has had media requests from various states and countries. He says PETA has even called to thank Officer Putzy.

You can watch the video for yourself above this story. You’ll also find a link to the YouTube clip on the right-hand side of the screen.


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