When it comes to the NYPD, no job is too big or too small. From catching crooks to cats stuck up trees, New York’s Finest can handle it all – usually. One cat-capturing-cop responding to a 911 call found himself needing the emergency services too.
The officer was trying to rescue a stray that had become stranded in a tree in Oakland Park, Queens. After climbing one branch too many, he ended up having to make his own 911 call, this time to the fire department. The officer found himself stuck up the same tree as the cat, just a little further down.
The cop was trying to rescue the kitty across the street from Public School 213. Children at the school made their wishes known to the officer, ‘You gotta get the cat! You gotta get the cat!’ they begged. ‘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 source at the NYPD.
Leave it to New York’s Bravest who arrived with the tools that this job needed from the get-go. An FDNY tower ladder and bucket arrived to scoop up the cop and cat 30 feet up the tree and brought them both back down to earth, without so much as a scratch. No doubt the officer involved will be preparing to face some ribbing from his colleagues back at the station house – perhaps a job at ‘special branch’ awaits?