Boy rescued from redwood again
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
October 2, 2009 · Updated 3:01 PM
Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a report of a boy in a tree Wednesday afternoon. And it wasn’t the first time.
Battalion Chief Ray Merrill said a 4-year-old boy climbed 70 feet up a large redwood tree on NE Sixth Avenue, but then he was scared to climb down. His worried parents called 911 for help.
The tree was too thick to use a ladder truck, Merrill said, so the firefighters had to rescue the boy the old fashioned way. Firefighter Andrew Carroll climbed up, got the little guy and carried him down to safety.
Firefighters responded to the same tree about three months ago to rescue the boy. Apparently the tree is pretty irresistible.
“If you’re a tree climber, it’s a really nice tree to climb,” Merrill said. He added that the property owner is going to do some cutting so that the tree isn’t so easy to climb.
The boy apparently wasn’t unnerved by the whole incident, but his parents were another matter.
“They were not really happy with the young guy,” Merrill said.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.