When the fire crew got there they were meet by the cat’s owner and local animal control officers and told the cat had been in the tree for 14 hours already.
At first, Maggiolo said, firefighters tried to get the cat using the ladder from one side of the tree. But she appeared to get scared and moved further out on a tree limb. Firefighters had to move the ladder truck to try to get her a second time.
He said “one of the guys went up” a ladder with a burlap-like sack and was “able to corral the cat and put it in a bag.” He then brought the animal “back down to the street to safety,” Maggiolo said.
Of the rescue, he said, that’s “why they call us an all-hazards agency.”
How often does the cliche of a cat being rescued from a tree by firefighters happen? Not too often, fire officials said. One firefighter who was involved in the rescue said that in his 10 years on the department this was his first cat rescue.
The cat rescue came on a day when rescue personnel were also on the scene for several hours to deal with Greenpeace protesters who had climbed a 200-plus-foot tall crane at 15th and L streets NW.