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Steamboat fire chief calls for help rescuing his stubborn mule

Sometimes even the local fire chief needs to call for help.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart was towing a trailer Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 near Heritage Park. He was hauling a mule to Silverthorne to trade for a different animal.

Something made the mule agitated, and it jumped to the front end of the trailer.

"She's been having some issues in the trailer, but she'll get in," Stewart said.

The mule kicked a trailer door open and one of its legs was sticking out. The mule was stuck, and Stewart needed help.

He called fellow firefighters to help along with Dr. Mike Gotchey from Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

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"It was somewhat stressful for a little while," Stewart said.

After evaluating what to do, Gotchey cut part of the trailer to free the mule.

The whole ordeal took a couple of hours.

"It was a big learning experience and drama being on the receiving end of emergency services," Stewart said.

Afterword, Stewart traded the mule.

"She's on her way to Mississippi," he said.

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