Freeport firefighters save scaredy cat: Not even an extension ladder can reach Libbi, at 30 feet up


Three-pound, three-month-old Siamese kitten Libbi got stuck in a pine tree overnight Oct. 17 and was rescued by Freeport Fire Department firefighters using an extension ladder early the next morning.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 09:05 AM.


Sometimes it takes more than “here kitty, kitty.”

Just before the sun began to rise on Oct. 18, firefighters with Freeport Fire Department responded to a call from a woman whose kitten was stuck in a tree overnight.

“We went out and the little kitty was up there, and you could see where she was trying to come down because she was scared,” said responder Terry Raffield Sr.

Raffield has been a Freeport Fire Department firefighter since 2009, but has been a firefighter for 34 years. He works part time with Freeport and volunteers on his days off.

Firefighter James Whedon was the one who went up on the ladder to save the kitten, and firefighter Forrest Melvin assisted with Raffield to keep Whedon safe by holding the ladder.

The firefighters used a 24-foot extension ladder to rescue the kitten in the pine tree, which Raffield estimated to be about 30 feet up.

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