Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Can't... Stop... Laughing...

Okay, so yesterday and today I had a "cops behaving badly story", so here's one from the other side, courtesy of Joseph in IL:

Firefighters rescue cop rescuing a cat
Firefighters in New York City received an usual request: Rescue a cop stuck in a tree who'd been trying to rescue a cat.

...First, the New York Police Department responded to 911 phone calls from local residents in Queens who noticed a feline high up in a tree across from Public School 213, which was letting out.

Veteran Police Officer Dane Natto and his partner arrived on the scene, and Natto tackled the tree, climbing up to get the cat. But the cat saw the cop coming and climbed higher, as did Natto. Finally, the officer admitted defeat. He then realized that he, too, was stuck in the tree—some 30 feet off the ground.
Oopsie...

First off, good on officer Natto for at least stepping up and trying to help the cat. It's unfortunate that he didn't realize his limitations sooner, because I have a sneaking suspicion that this story is going to follow him the rest of his career. At his retirement party, I bet you they bring in a stuffed cat... Secondly, really? 911 for a cat in a tree? Not the officer's fault or anything, but you think folks would know enough to call the non-emergency line.

 It's pretty interesting, though. With all that's going on in the world, folks still take the time to worry about cats stuck in trees - and there are still police officers and fire fighters that will take time and effort to assist these far-flung felines. While we might chuckle at the mental image of some poor NYPD officer sitting 30 feet up in a tree waiting for the NYFD, it's still pretty darn nice that he made the effort.

Even in NYFC, there are decent cops out there - and I'll wager there are more of officer Natto's nature than not still out there.

That is all.

13 comments:

Jeff B said...

When I started as a paramedic in Atlanta, so many years ago, part of our orientation was to sit in the 9-1-1 call center and listen in to the call takers and dispatchers to get a better understanding of what they had to deal with on a daily basis.

You wouldn't BELIEVE the things people will call 911 for...

LCB said...

Around here there is no "non-emergency" number. Sheeple are told to call 911 for everything.

Of course...the proper proceedure would have been to shoot the cat out of the tree... :-D

Kidding...just kidding...

Cormac said...

Arlington, TX has no "non emergency" either.

Call it in, and let dispatch sort them out.

BGMiller said...

He wasn't there to rescue the cat.
It was a stop and Frisk for dangerous 22oz cups being smuggled inside the cat.


BGM

Geodkyt said...

Dane "The Pussycat" Natto.

Might as well get it tattooed on his arm now. . . after this, the only chance he has of not being endlessly hassled is to pruodly embrace it. {chuckle}

Dave H said...

When I was a kid we had lots of cats go up trees, and none of them needed to be rescued. They usually figured out how to dismount come dinnertime, or when it started raining.

We have a non-emergency number where I live, but it's answered by the 911 dispatcher so it doesn't make much difference either way.

Anonymous said...

FDNY will probably give the crew a medal for the rescue of their less than loved police officer. The two groups do not get along at all after NYPD -EMS took over some of the jobs of FDNY medics.

Gerry

Yes, I have climbed a tree to "rescue" a cat.

Anonymous said...

LCB evidentially subscribes to the Officer Tackaberry school of feline arboreal recovery ala Police Academy.

Joseph in IL

Educated Savage said...

+1 Dave H. Has anyone ever seen a dead cat in a tree? A little logic saves a lot of money in this case.

Jennifer said...

Love it! Thanks for the giggle and reminder that not all the cop stories are bad ones. I agree, there are still more good cops than bad. It's just that the bad ones make the news so often

Stretch said...

How does a Philadelphia cop get a cat out of a tree?
Double tap.

Chas S. Clifton said...

There are some animal-loving city utility workers out there too.

docrambo said...

I loved the local fire department's response to being called for a cat stuck up in a tree: " Leave the cat alone and it will come down when it is ready; how many cat skeletons have you seen stuck in trees?"