Relying on his firefighting experience and employing a makeshift rope and belay rigging system, Paproski made his way onto the ice. When he did, however, the doe tried to move farther away. Paproski ended up jumping into the water and getting behind the deer so that he could steer the animal toward shore. The icy water reached the top of Paproski’s hip waders as he wrapped rope around the deer and had it pulled in. Eventually, the deer gained footing and ran off.