Deputy wrestled alligator that came onto middle school campus
CLERMONT, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Lake County Deputy Jessica McGregor is a Florida girl, born and raised. She knows an alligator that travels away from a lake in the middle of the hottest part of the day, could be a gator looking for trouble, or at the very least, food.
On one particular day, she wasn't even on duty with the sheriff's office, but was simply acting as a school resource officer at Clermont Middle School.
"I started hearing on the school radio, we were getting several complaints from parents saying there was about a six-foot alligator walking along the fence line at car ride and pick up,and then I started to hear it on the Clermont channel."
So, Deputy McGregor went into action, locating the gator and then attempting to subdue the reptile.
"I wound up getting him lassoed around the neck," she said. "Got him to move around a lot, so he can expel some energy, so he wasn't as active on me, so I had a better chance on him."
Eventually, the deputy got down on the gator's back and tied the jaws shut. Then she waited for officers with Florida Fish and Wildlife to show up and haul the gator away.
"We played with alligators a lot growing up," McGregor told us. "They'd come on our land...we'd just go out there and get them off the property!"
The school's guidance secretary, Rev. Dawn Harris, managed to record the event on her cell phone. Rev. Harris gave us permission to use her video, telling us that, while it might have been second nature to McGregor, she had never seen anything like it.