New York police officer gets stuck in tree while rescuing stranded catA New York police officer was forced to make an embarrassing 911 call after getting stuck in a tree while attempting to rescue a stranded cat.
Violent crime in the US city may have dropped to its lowest level since the early 60s but the streets clearly remain a hazardous place for the NYPD.
The unlucky officer climbed the tree outside an elementary school in Queens on Monday but maybe should have called for back-up first.
With the frightened feline perched a lofty 30ft up in the tree, the officer was afflicted by a sudden spell of vertigo.
‘The cop went up after the cat. The cat went a little further out. So, the cop went further out and he got stuck,’ said a NYPD source.
The New York fire department soon came to the duo’s rescue, armed with a tower ladder, as a crowd of pupils from the nearby school gathered to watched the drama unfold.
‘It was kind of comical,’ said 22-year-old Oakland Park resident Jeff Yu. ‘They seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were no rude comments or anything.’
Both were eventually rescued ‘safe and sound,’ the city’s fire chiefs said.