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AFD rescues 9-year-old boy stuck in tree

Friday, April 05, 2013 - Updated: 4:10 PM

Amsterdam Fire Department responded to an afternoon report Thursday of a boy stuck in a tree.

Fire personnel, along with Amsterdam Police, responded to 20 Hawk St. for the call at 1:54 p.m.

"We had a 9-year-old climbing a tree," said Battalion Chief Mike Whitty, of the Amsterdam Fire Department. "He slid down and got his leg wedged between the main branches of the tree. He couldn't get himself out."

The boy had been going after a ball that got stuck in the tree, Whitty said, and upon getting stuck, his parents called the department.

"We were out doing some training as it were, so we sent our rescue truck and ladder truck to follow up," Whitty said. "They ended up calling for the engine."

Using a hydraulic spreader, fire personnel spread the two main branches that the boy's leg was wedged between.

Whitty said the branches were too big in diameter to push.

Fire personnel lifted his leg out and checked him for injuries, Whitty said, but the boy had no pain or any issues with the knee or leg.

Whitty said after they got their equipment ready, the rescue took about 10 minutes.

- Rebecca Webster


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