Firefighters free feline


POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Firefighters reunited a local pet with its owner Wednesday morning after an outdoor jaunt left it stranded in a tree.

The Western Reserve Joint Fire District of Poland Village responded to the call from 6575 Struthers Road in Poland Township. The homeowner’s granddaughter’s cat was stuck in the tree after climbing up in the frigid temperatures and was too scared to come back down.

The homeowner tried to get the cat down with a ladder but could not reach the pet. Firefighters were able to bring the friendly feline down safely.

Firefighter John Gulgas said the cat rescue was something new for him, even after being with the department for over 12 years.

“This is my first cat in a tree. We usually go on animal calls quite a bit, I mean more than you would think,” said Gulgas.

It’s not clear was prompted the cat to climb the tree, but it was so high up that it took an extension ladder to reach it. Gulgas also used a pipe to reach for the cat and was able to get close enough to grab it.

“It makes you feel good. It was great to bring the cat down and see a smile on the homeowner’s face, that is what it is all about,” said Gulgas.

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