Fire Rescue saves calf from sinkhole

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Calf on Derrick Kepley's farm was rescued from a 17 feet deep sinkhole by the Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue Wednesday, May 22.

The Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue was called to the farm of Derrick Kepley to rescue a calf who had fallen into a sinkhole Wednesday, May 22.

"We don't think he was in there very long," said Fire Chief Leslie Goodrum.

Goodrum said they think the sinkhole was about 17 feet deep and that the calf was only in the hold for about 3 hours.

Goodrum said Kepley was looking over the herd and noticed a momma cow standing away from the rest. When Kepley went over to check things out he noticed the calf in the sinkhole.

It took seven fire rescue employees with the help of the farmer's to get the calf out of the hole. Goodrum said the calf only had a few scrapes from falling into the hold.

"He seemed in good spirits when we got him out of the hole," he said.

Goodrum said this was the first time he had received a call to rescue a calf from a sinkhole.

Goodrum mentioned sink holes are becoming more prevalent around Simpson County since a dog had to be rescued from one last year and a month ago in Warren County a cow had to be rescued from a sink hole.

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