We all know that Police Oppos (oppo = colleague) like to take the mick out of Firefighting Oppos for the calls which they attend whereby a furry-friend needs rescuing from a tree (or other tall object).
Being an animal lover myself, I am all for it, as I would probably climb Mount Everest in order to get my cat down if he somehow just happened to end up in Nepal/China/Tibet (did you know that Mount Everest spanned THREE countries!?)
Imagine the look on the faces of our firefighting oppos from across the pond, as they realised that they were en-route to rescue a Cop, from a tree, who had tried to rescue a cat from the same tree!
The FDNY said it received a call at 2:40 p.m. for a police officer stuck in a tree near a public elementary school at 67th and 231st streets in Bayside.
The FDNY responded with a tower ladder and found the officer and the cat about 30 feet up in the tree.
The black and white cat appeared to be about a year old and was not wearing a collar, according to neighbor Luna Giuong, 19.
Neighbor Jeff Yu, 22, said students from the nearby school had just gotten out and lingered to stare at the cat and cop.
“It was kind of comical,” he said. “They seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were no rude comments or anything.”
The officer had lit a flare and set up cones on the ground underneath the tree before going up but onlookers ignored them as they gathered and gawked from the ground, said Yu.
Yu said several fire trucks and police patrol cars responded and “took their time” in the rescue.
It doesn’t matter where in the world you might be, the age-old banter between the fire service and the police is still going strong.
And it is nice to see that cats getting stuck in trees isn’t just a UK ‘problem’. Maybe the answer is to cut down all of the trees, and at the same time turn the wood into pool cues so that our firefighting oppos can continue to play well into the future?
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