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Video: Fla. SRO Wrestles Gator at Middle School

March 25, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Lake County SO.
Photo courtesy of Lake County SO.

A Lake County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputy captured a seven-foot alligator that had crawled on to the grounds of the middle school where she was assigned as a school resource officer.

Deputy Jessica McGregor, 29, heard a radio call about an alligator at Clermont Middle School on Tuesday. After being told that a trapper was two hours away, the deputy headed over to secure the alligator. Children had just been dismissed from school.

Deputy McGregor grabbed some rope, tied a noose, and lassoed the reptile. She dragged it out, straddled it, and taped it mouth shut. The deputy grew up in Lake County, and learned how to trap alligators on her property. In the past, the agency offered rudimentary training from state fish and wildlife officers, agency spokesman James Vachon told POLICE Magazine.

"The current curriculum does not have any training," Vachon said. "Jessica told me she did not get any training in the academy on handling gators, just experience from growing up."

Watch a video of the encounter here.

Related:

Gator Takes Bite Out of Deputy's Patrol Car

Florida Deputies Handcuff 7-Foot Alligator

Tags: Animals Gone Wild, Lake County (Fla.) Sheriff, School Resource Officers, Campus Safety


Comments (10)

Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Bob@Az. @ 3/25/2013 6:37 PM

Wow. Now I know who I want for back-up!! Nice job Deputy. Blues, Stay Safe.

Lenny @ 3/26/2013 12:06 AM

Let me see if I have this correctly, you boys and girls don't even blink an eye when shooting a families treasured pet but you'll trap an alligator?
Professional courtesy?
Kudos to this one officer for showing some compassion and resourcefulness. Shame on all officers who have killed someones pet claiming it was "aggressive".

Capt Jay @ 3/26/2013 4:51 AM

@ Lenny. I have seen your comments on a few posts now. i think your in the wrong forum. Go away since you dont have any good comments to leave. You do nothing but dis cops but I bet you would want a dozen if it was you in trouble. Obviously have never worn blue or didnt for very long.

Larry @ 3/26/2013 6:08 AM

Lenny, that was just a stupid comment!!!!!

Dan B @ 3/26/2013 6:41 AM

I want her for a back-up, as well! Lenny, Larry is right. That was stupid!

Coach @ 3/26/2013 7:33 AM

Larry is a dufas, plain and simple. A shame he has discovered this web site.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2013 9:27 AM

Deputy McGregor, one brave lady. She could back me up anytime and Larry,should be ashame of himself.

Dan B @ 3/26/2013 11:30 AM

to Coach and Capt. Crunch: Larry said nothing wrong. Lenny was being an ass when he made the comment about police shooting family pets. Larry was puuting him in his place!

Dan B @ 3/26/2013 11:31 AM

Oops! Fat fingers on the typo.

Trigger @ 4/1/2013 11:23 AM

Deputy McGregor congrats on a job well done.

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