• Ladder truck brought in to rescue man stuck in tree

    By: Colleen West


    Fire crews were called to the South Hill area south of Puyallup Thursday night after a man was spotted about 75 feet up in the branches of a tree.

    Fire officials say that at one point, the man was as high as 90 feet up.

    Crews were called to 160th Street East and 78th Avenue East at about 11 p.m.

    The Pierce County Special Operations team, which is trained in high angle, trench and confined space rescues, was called to the scene.

    A ladder truck was summoned, firefighters climbed up and the man was put into a sling and brought down from about 75 feet up at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

    He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

    It is not known if he’ll face charges for the incident.


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