A symbol of freedom was saved by first responders.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is being credited with saving a Bald eagle.
The eagle was found near a retention pond with what deputies said appeared to be an injured wing.
Deputy Felipez and Sergeant Doyle worked with members of SPCA Tampa Bay to rescue the animal so it could be treated.
The sheriff’s office shared photos of the rescue on Monday.
PHOTOS: Pinellas County deputies save Bald eagle from retention pond
Since 1782, the Bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States.
Benjamin Franklin actually opposed the Bald eagle as America’s bird — advocating instead on behalf of the turkey.
Once on the brink of extinction, Bald eagles populations have rebounded in recent years