Firefighters rescue college student in tree

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Firefighters in Forest Grove, Ore., have rescued an 18-year-old Pacific University freshman who got herself stranded in a large redwood tree.

The Oregonian reported that Forest Grove Fire &Rescue spokesman Dave Nemeyer says campus security called for help about 5 p.m. Tuesday when the student couldn’t climb down from a tree near the library. She was stuck about 20 feet up.

The unidentified student reportedly told Fire Chief Michael Kinkade that she climbs trees as a hobby and usually gets down without help. A crew with a 24-foot ladder soon had her back on the ground.

Nemeyer says his agency’s fire crews have been called out in the past for a pet parrot in a tree and more recently for a 12-year-old child. In his words, “that’s usually around the age range we’re dealing with on these calls.”

Forest Grove is west of Portland.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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