Firemen Praised As Heroes For Rescuing Child From Treetop
November 5, 2012
A local mom is singing the praises of first responders after they rescued her young child from the a tree top Sunday morning.
The Hughes family of Atmore was outside playing before getting ready for church when mom Ashley walked inside for just a moment to get the children something to drink. When she returned outside, Caden Hughes was near the top of the tree. Ashely called her husband at work at the Atmore Fire Department.
Firemen quickly responded, and Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee climbed all the way up tree in order to rescue Caden.
“He didn’t want to waste time waiting on the ladder. It was a relief just knowing that Chief had him in his arms. It was a great team effort between all of the firemen,” Ashley Hughes said. “Praise the Lord for Angels on assignment and the quick response of the Atmore Fire Department. Thank you Chief McGhee for climbing the tree to keep my baby safe.”
Hughes also offered her thanks to her husband Chris and his fellow firemen Brandon Barber and Eugene Edwards.
As for Caden, he won’t be climbing the trees around the Hughes home again.
“I don’t think I will ever have to worry about Caden climbing another tree. My husband immediately got the chainsaw and cut down every branch within arms reach,” she said.
Pictured top: Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee (in the red shirt) climbs a tree Sunday morning to rescue a young boy about 35-feet off the ground. Pictured inset: Young Caden Hughes can bee seen in this photo near the top of the visible tree trunk. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.