Stereotypes say that “chicks dig a guy in uniform” – and based on this police body cam footage, there might actually be some truth to that.

The Ossining Police Department of New York recently published a video from a dispatch call in which their officers were responding to a local shed fire.

As Officer McGovern was assessing the interior of the burning shed, he smartly took action by first removing several tanks of propane in order to avoid exacerbating the fire.

Except as he was moving one of the propane tanks, he was stunned to look down and see a lone chicken hiding inside of the burning shed.

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The police department later posted the footage to Facebook, saying: “Somewhere around the first day of field training, some salty cop usually hits you with, ‘Kid, you wouldn’t believe what goes on around here if I told you.’ Saturday, Officer McGovern had his ‘aha’ moment.”

McGovern was not about to chicken out of his duties, however – the courageous New York cop gingerly pursued the bird up a set of stairs before he was finally able to get his hands around it and safely pass it on to rescue workers who were on the other side of the homeowner’s fence.

The family who lived on the property was reportedly overwhelmed with relief upon hearing that their fowl was okay – and although the police department praised Ossining for his actions, they also couldn’t help but lovingly ruffle his feathers a little bit.

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“Now, it’s not that we don’t love chickens. They’re just fine and certainly deserve our assistance,” said the department. “It’s just that, if you ever wanted to get a hard time from your coworkers, be a hero… to a chicken.

“Congratulations, Officer McGovern. Since the ‘Lifesaving Award’ doesn’t specifically prohibit the subject of your bravery from being poultry, we will put you in for an award because, well, this is a story that’s too good to let go of.”

Some Facebook readers were quick to scold the department for teasing a cop’s compassion towards an animal, but the department responded by saying: “It’s not really like that. Officer McGovern has a great sense of humor so we’re having a little fun with this, but he’s well respected by his coworkers. He’s a good cop and we’re grateful for his quick thinking and positive attitude.”

(WATCH the police footage below) – Photo by Ossining Police Department

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