Fire department rescues cat Monday

RESCUED–Red Bud Fireman JR Hudson is pictured safely carrying Flower the cat down from the tree she was stuck in earlier this week.

It might sound cliché, firemen called to rescue a cat out of a tree, but on Monday morning, the Red Bud Fire Department responded to such a call.

Around 10:30 a.m. on June 3, the fire department was paged to Spring Street for a cat stuck in a tree. According to owner Joan Becherer, the feline, a young kitten named Flower, had been stuck up in the tree since around 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Becherer, who lives on Locust Street but noted that her kitten had gotten stuck in a tree in her neighbor’s yard, said they had exhausted all options they could think of in an effort to get Flower out of the tree. She was then advised to call the fire department.

Several firemen responded to the call and while they brought the department’s ladder truck, they utilized an extending ladder from the ground by the base of the tree to reach the kitten. Flower, who was rather scared and was loudly crying from her perch in the tree, moved higher up into the tree a few times before firemen could successfully capture her and bring her back down.

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