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, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Firemen Praised As Heroes For Rescuing Child From Treetop”

  1. Elizabeth on November 7th, 2012 6:46 am

    My dad: you got up there. You figure out how to get down.

  2. puddin on November 6th, 2012 5:40 pm

    great job guys. Glad the kid is safe. That said, super funny! Caden is areally adventurist kid,super smart. Hope he learned not to climb so high that he cant get down again.

  3. Ron on November 6th, 2012 8:00 am

    This is a great story thanks northescambia., this reminds me of when I was a child I loved climbing trees. Although I never got stuck and had to call for help. Just remember parents boys will be boys. And they never think about the danger just the thrill.

  4. Tomboy on November 6th, 2012 6:39 am

    When I was a kid (many, many years ago) I would climb to the top of a crept myrtle that was in our back yard and sway on the smaller, limber limbs, Then there was one good limb closer to the bottom that I could hang from my knees and heels. Course I got a lot of whuppings for it. But I’d always do it again.

    Good work Atmore firemen and Chief McGhee!

  5. motown on November 6th, 2012 5:00 am

    I know thgis is a serious matter but it reminds me of how many times i thought my granny mite have to call the fire departmencuz i was at the top of a magnolia in molinod

  6. Carrie on November 5th, 2012 11:54 am

    Great Job to the firefighters and the response team……..Thank you Jesus for the safety of the child…..

  7. nb on November 5th, 2012 11:00 am

    true heros

  8. Molino resident on November 5th, 2012 8:05 am

    Good job firefighters.

  9. Angi B. on November 5th, 2012 7:06 am

    Thank goodness the child is safe. Excellent job firefighters, and very smart thing to do dad…

  10. Michelle Myers on November 5th, 2012 6:15 am

    HOORAY…. a great story about our local firefighters. I bet you wouldn’t see this story in PNJ! Glad that Caden is safe and out of harms way too.

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