07/18/10 541 W - + 11 - 2 Rescuing Cats and Lunatics From Trees, 1920


Such As Rescuing Cats and Lunatics From Trees

The Raleigh Times, Feb. 24, 1920 

When a barrel of molasses was upset at the corner of Wilmington and Martin Streets a few days ago and a boy riding by on a bicycle skidded and fell into the sticky stuff, the RALEIGH firemen were called out to wash the street. That was just one of the many jobs that the city firemen are called on to perform in addition to putting out fires.

The Emergency Hospital both this year and the past year found their neighbors, the firemen across the way, invaluable. The men were ready at all times to give a lift at the hospital or in transporting nurses to and from the hospital.

The regular business of fighting fires, since there are not very many in RALEIGH, has been interspersed with putting up banners and decorations on Fayetteville Street, changing electric light globes on display signs, cleaning the light globes at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, rescuing cats from trees and at times trimming up the trees in the city park.

One evening the past summer there was a telephone call to come in a hurry to Dix Hill. When the firemen with their ladder equipment reached the insane asylum, they found the call was to rescue one of the inmates who had taken refuge in one of the trees on the grounds. While the attendants waited helplessly on the ground, a ladder was run up to the tree and either by force or persuasion the crazy man was induced to come down.

It was to the rescue of her cat that a woman called the firemen out one night several months ago. She came running to the fire station on West Morgan Street all upset over her cat which had climbed into one of the big trees in Capitol Square and appeared to be too frightened to come down. So the firemen hurried across the street and the kitten was soon with many scratches and "meows" safe on the ground again.

At the time of the Baptist State Convention anyone passing the Tabernacle Baptist Church might have thought that there was an all-day fire which the firemen were fighting within the building for almost all day the trucks waited outside while the firemen at the top of long ladders were putting the electric light globes in the ceiling in bright and shining shape for the convention.

The firemen have been called into service frequently to assist in trimming the trees in the city parks, but [Fire] Chief Hubert Horton had to explain just a few days ago, when a woman telephoned to ask the firemen to come out and trim up the trees on her sidewalk, that the firemen are not allowed to do private jobs of tree trimming.

Whether it is washing the snow from the streets inw inter, cooling the pavements in the neighborhood of the fire stations in summer, helping out in the influenza epidemic, rescuing cats or lunatics from trees, or tending a garden of their own at the fire station, the firemen find many things to do beside fight fire.

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