PATERSON, NJ – Paterson firefighters gave a helping wing to a man who lost his pet parrot Tuesday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., firefighters responded to City Hall after receiving a report that a blue-and-yellow macaw was perched on top of the building, according to Fire Chief Brian McDermott.

The large bird was first spotted by a film crew that was working nearby and while at the scene Capt. Peter Lobosco encountered the parrot’s owner, who was walking around in search of his pet, McDermott told TAPinto Paterson.

The chief said they asked the man if he wanted to go with Lobosco onto the ladder truck because they were worried the parrot, which already seemed spooked, would be scared off by firefighters.

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With help from Lobosco, the man climbed the ladder to retrieve Chewy, his parrot, McDermott said. “Once the bird was down, I have never seen a bird so happy before. He was flapping his wings and everything,” the chief offered.

By the time they returned to the ground, a crowd of about 70 people had gathered outside City Hall and cheered as Chewy and his owner did a few tricks, McDermott said, adding that the bird was not injured and authorities believe Chewy got loose because his wings weren’t clipped, the chief said.

In Paterson, firefighters are no strangers to exotic animal rescues.

McDermott concluded, “We’ve saved raccoons, cows, skunks, foal, deer, ducks, hawks. It doesn’t matter what life, it’s a life worth saving. We want to do a nice and caring job. This bird was family for this gentleman.”