Florida deputy ‘plays lifeguard,’ removes alligator from pool

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy “played lifeguard” Saturday after removing an alligator from a homeowner’s backyard pool.

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Deputy Heather Harris responded after an alligator was seen swimming in the pool, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said on social media.

Thinking about taking a swim on a Saturday? Make sure there isn't a gator inside the pool first! Deputy Heather Harris...

Posted by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, April 24, 2021

“Thinking about taking a swim on a Saturday? Make sure there isn’t a gator inside the pool first,” the agency said. “Deputy Heather Harris had to play lifeguard and kick this guy out of the pool.”

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