Hawk protects the protector

Staff report

HAMLET — Richmond County Ranger Matt Gordon had his camera handy to snap a photo of a hawk standing guard atop his North Carolina Forest Service work truck.

Richmond County Ranger Matt Gordon snapped this photo of a hawk perched atop his North Carolina Forest Service truck.

Richmond County Ranger Matt Gordon snapped this photo of a hawk perched atop his North Carolina Forest Service truck.

Gordon took the photo on Saturday outside the Hamlet Fire Department, where he’d stopped after finishing up work with an outdoor fire off of Perry Williams Road. He’d stopped by the Hamlet Fire Department to refill his rig with water.

Gordon said he’s learned to keep his camera handy for unexpected situations, though it’s the first time something like this has happened.

There are five known types of hawks in North Carolina. It’s believed this is likely a red-tailed hawk, though that’s not a certainty.

Headline courtesy of Roger Stewart, paramedic at the Hamlet Fire Department.

Filed in: Latest Headlines, Outdoors

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