First responders see enough destruction, injury and death on their jobs that it can be a great relief when something is not what it first seems.
A 911 dispatch went out in Modesto on Thursday afternoon after a report that an E.&J. Gallo Winery security employee spotted a possible body in Dry Creek between Yosemite Boulevard and Grand Street.
A Modesto Fire Department engine, truck and battalion chief responded to the 500 block of Yosemite. Firefighters made their way to the creek area and found ... a life-size doll. And not just any doll, but a smiling, stuffed Dracula.
A department photo shows Capt. Jair Juarez beaming as he holds up the find. The doll appears happy to have been rescued, too.
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The mood changes 180 degrees on rare, humorous occasions like this response, said Battalion Chief Randy Anderson. “For sure, that’s a better outcome than having to pull somebody up who’s demised or injured.”
Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327