VIDEO: Steamboat firefighters come to the rescue of 4-year-old boy stuck on playground
October 5, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sometimes local firefighters are called to help get stuck, tranquilized bears out of trees. Other times, firemen lure dogs off of roofs with leftover birthday cake.
On Thursday, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a 4-year-old boy named Brantley who was unable to get down from a piece of playground equipment at Howelsen Hill.
Brantley was at the playground with other kids and being supervised by his daycare provider, who did not want the boy jumping down.
"I just didn't feel comfortable spotting him. He's a little high," the daycare provider is heard saying on video taken by Fire Chief Mel Stewart.
Stewart was more than willing to help.
"I was going to get him down, but he needed the fire engine here, he told me," Stewart said.
So, they waited for the engine.
"He was watching Howelsen Parkway waiting for the fire truck to come around," Stewart said.
It arrived, and Capt. Michael Arce stepped out of the truck.
"Hey, what you doing up there," Arce said. "You want us to get you a ladder, and you can climb down? Or you could jump and do a flip."
Arce signaled to the other firefighters.
"Let's get a ladder," Arce said. "He wants to climb down a ladder."
Arce was surprised to see Brantley's reaction to the situation.
"I thought we were going to have some crying kid, but you're doing OK," Arce said.
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Brantley was brought partway down the ladder, but he wanted to take the last few steps himself.
After getting to the ground, everyone cheered, and Brantley ran away through the playground.
Stewart said his crew was happy to have the opportunity to visit with the children and help Brantley out of a scary situation.