NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities say a New York police officer who went after a cat stuck in a tree got caught himself and needed a little help getting back down to the ground. The Fire Department of New York says it happened Monday afternoon in Queens.

NYPD Officer Gets Stuck in Tree While Trying to Rescue a Cat

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A call came in that a man attempting to get a cat out of a tree had gotten stuck. Fire department personnel used a bucket ladder to get the man and the cat down. According to the fire department, the man is a police officer. Daily Mail has more about the incident, which purportedly unfolded at Public School 213:

The officer was trying to rescue a stray that had become stranded in a tree in Oakland Park, Queens.

After climbing one branch too many, he ended up having to make his own 911 call, this time to the fire department.

Children at the school made their wishes known to the officer, ‘You gotta get the cat! You gotta get the cat!’ they begged.

‘The cop went up after the cat. The cat went a little further out. So, the cop went further out and he got stuck.’ said a source at the NYPD.

The fire department apparently arrived with a ladder and saved both the police officer and the cat. An embarrassing moment for the cop, children and onlookers (school had recently let out) watched the scene from below.

The New York Police Department has no comment.

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