Man stuck in tree for at least a day in Springfield rescued

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man had to be rescued from more than 50 feet up in a tree in Springfield’s Pine Point neighborhood Thursday morning, and he may have been up there for some time.

Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News the rescue happened Thursday morning on the 300 block of Berkshire Avenue. The Fire Department was called-in at around 5 a.m., but their bucket truck wasn’t able to reach the man, because there were too many other trees in the way.

Two Hampden County Sheriff’s Department employees, Arborist Program Instructor Benjamin Belisle and Officer Chris Lavallee assisted by using climbing and rigging gear, he was placed in a body harness and safely brought to the ground.

The man had a serious cut and was taken to Baystate Medical Center for evaluation. According to a news release sent to 22News from Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Robert Rizzuto, it is unclear why he climbed the tree and he had been in the tree for at least a day before the call came to first responders around 5 a.m.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our staff who jump into action without question when someone is in need of help,” said Sheriff Nick Cocchi. “If not for the specialized skills Ben Belisle and Chris Lavallee used to help save this man, who knows how the story may have ended. It was a great job by them and all the first responders involved.”

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