By The Blaze. A 15-year-old Florida girl found herself hanging on to a tree for her life Friday afternoon as a large and aggressive alligator waited, hissing just feet below her, according to the Washington Post.
The girl, Jordan Broderick, clung to a tree branch nearly to the point of exhaustion until a sheriff’s deputy showed up and made quick work of the gator, saving the girl’s life.
Before the officer arrived, however, there was a half an hour of panic as Broderick’s family feared for her life and frantically communicated with 911 dispatch. . .
Finally, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Blackmon was the first to arrive on the scene. When he got there, he knew exactly what to do.
“I fired one single .223 round from my Bushmaster AR-15, killing the alligator,” Blackmon wrote on the incident report. (Read more from “Sheriff’s Deputy With an Ar-15 Rescues Girl Trapped in Tree by 9-Foot Alligator” HERE)
An Alligator Trapped a Teenage Girl in a Tree. Then a Deputy Arrived With an Ar-15.
By Washington Post. . . One gator in particular — a nine-foot specimen — cut a path toward the girl floating on a raft in the Ocala National Forest in central Florida on Friday afternoon.
She thought fast, scurrying up a tree branch hanging over the water. The alligator hissed and waited at the base of the tree. . .
Jordan, her mother and the dispatcher may not have known what the alligators are coded with instinct to know. July marks the end of mating season, when the reptiles are particularly aggressive and territorial, Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens spokesman Ron Magill told The Post. . .
By the time Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived, ahead of the marine unit, Jordan had been in the tree for about 30 minutes. She was screaming and exhausted from hanging on, according to the incident report. (Read more from “An Alligator Trapped a Teenage Girl in a Tree. Then a Deputy Arrived With an Ar-15.” HERE)