South Bend police officer praised after saving skunk

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - When you’re driving down the road, you can encounter some stinky situations, and in this case, South Bend police had one.

“They can get their head in this opening, but once they are in here, they can’t get it off.”

Officer Ron Kaszas isn’t talking about a human being stuck; he’s talking about a skunk with its head stuck in a cup.

“I got out, I got my towel out of the car. I put the towel over the skunk real quick, with gloves on, grabbed the cup, and then hurried up and jerked it off its head,” Kaszas said. “... I stepped out of the way and hoped to God it doesn’t spray.”

The only spray officer Kaszas was hit with was the spray on social media. The video went viral. Even local radio station U93 thought the skunk-saving heroics deserved some skunk-saving savoriness.

“Thanks for saving the skunk. Here is your official skunk savor certificate,” they said.

Shockingly enough, Kaszas does not just safe skunks; he pets them too.

“Yes, I had a pet skunk when I was in my early teens. We had it for seven to eight years in my family,” he said.

Another animal they had in their family? Deer.

“I’ve raised deer and let them go. Some of them would not leave, which we had for four years,” Kaszas said.

After 26 years with the South Bend Police Department, Kaszas says he saved a skunk before, but going viral, that’s a first.

“I saw him recording. He said I’m going viral and I said, ‘No, I’m fine.’ I’m not worried about it. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again,” Kaszas said.

But before he does it again, Kaszas wants people to do one thing.

“Throw these [cups] in the trash, please,” he said.