GENEVA CO., AL (WSFA) - A 4-year-old south Alabama boy is safe after being rescued from 50 feet up in a tree Tuesday, according to officials who responded to the scene. The child and his brothers were apparently racing each other to see who could climb the highest, according to Anthony Johnston, the assistant fire chief for the Malvern Volunteer Fire Department in Geneva County.
Johnston says the child made it approximately 40 to 50 feet up the tree before realizing he could not come down. The boy held tightly to a branch as his brothers ran to get help.
Members of the Malvern VFD were first on the scene but quickly realized the child was too high for them to reach. Johnston says the Dothan Fire and Rescue team was called in to assist with their ladder truck and technical rescue truck, but when they arrived the truck had difficulty getting back to the tree.
Johnston says an Asplundh tree training crew just down the road came to the scene and successfully positioned their truck under the tree. A short time later the little boy was back on the ground. The child was not injured in the ordeal.