Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

Firefighters coax cat from tree

March 23, 2006

A recent Tonganoxie City fire call probably could have been an inspiration for a Norman Rockwell painting.

Firefighters responded to a call March 11 to the 300 block of East Second Street to rescue a cat that had climbed into a tree.

"All I know is her name was Lola," Chief Dave Bennett said. "Firefighter Bill Derzinski scaled the ladder and coaxed Lola out of the tree."

It took some work to get Lola out of the tree. Bennett said the rescue team required a 35-foot extension ladder to reach the cat.

"We got her down and returned her safely to her family," Bennett said.

Although the department is accustomed to fighting fire, Bennett said he received calls "every once in a while" to rescue a cat from a tree.

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