Man rescued from tree

A man was rescued from more than 50 feet up in a tree on June 17, 2021, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and it was reported he may have been up in the tree for at least a day.

The Springfield Fire Department was called at around 5 a.m., but their bucket truck wasn’t able to reach the man, because there were too many other trees in the way.

Two Hampden County Sheriff’s Department employees, Benjamin Belisle, an arborist program instructor, and police officer Chris Lavallee, assisted in the recovery using climbing and rigging gear. The man was placed in a body harness and safely brought to the ground.

The man had a serious cut and was taken to Baystate Medical Center for evaluation. It was unclear why the man climbed the tree, and a police report said he had been in the tree for at least a day, according to a WWLP-22News report.

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