Tisbury firefighters rescue cat

A cat was rescued from a tree by the Tisbury Fire Department. -Courtesy Tisbury FD.

Tisbury firefighters rescued a cat trapped in a tree Friday afternoon. The cat was reportedly stuck in a tree off Lake Street for three or four days, according to Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Rolston. Chief Rolston said Tisbury’s animal control officer was first at the scene, and could not get the cat to climb down. 

Out of concern not only for the cat but for folks who might try to place a ladder to reach the cat, the fire department deployed a ladder truck. When a firefighter reached the cat, it was found entangled in vines. The cat was freed and removed from the tree. Tisbury Animal Control Officer Kate Hoffman said the cat’s name is Freddy and his owners are “really happy” he was returned safely. A video of the rescue was posted, and the Tisbury Police Department seized on the opportunity for drollness. 

“Cliché warning!!! Tisbury Fire Department rescued a cat out of a tree today! Great job TFD!! Now this means we are allowed to eat donuts again!”


  1. While we don’t see many cat skeletons in trees, this cat may have wound up as one, given that it was entangled.
    Good job TFD !

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