NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An 8-year-old boy had to be rescued from a tree after unsuccessfully attempting to climb and getting stuck.

At around 7:50 a.m. on Monday, one of the boy’s neighbors walked to the firehouse near the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Seaman Street, alerting firefighters that the boy was stuck in a tree, said Lt. Mike Dillon of Engine #1.

Firefighters found the boy with his calf wedged in the v-shaped branches of the tree and dangling 2 to 3 feet off the ground.

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The boy was “visibly upset” said Dillon, who was one of the six responding emergency officials. The boy was also wearing his school uniform. Dillon did not say which school he attended.

“It was a weird one, you don’t usually see that,” Dillon added.

Using hydraulic rescue tools, the emergency responders were able to gently spread open the branches and free the boy’s leg, Dillon said. Afterwards, the boy was limping and then handled by EMS. 

The boy was likely climbing the tree to get atop an adjacent shed, Dillon said, only to get stuck in the tree.