Young Girl’s Call For Help Sees Niles Firefighters Rescue Baby Bird From Tree


Niles firefighter Kyle Richardson (left) and Engineer Pat Nagle (right) in the basket of Niles Tower Ladder Truck No. 2 rescuing a baby bird trapped in a plastic bag in a tree on Wood River Drive. (Niles Fire Dept. photo)

Niles firefighters were on the scene after a young girl spotted a bird caught in a tree and her mother called for help.  

From her window on the second-floor of an apartment on Wood River Drive, the young girl saw the baby bird trapped in a plastic bag high up in the tree. Her mom called the village, which sent out a ladder truck. 

Fire officials said the call was placed to the Niles police non-emergency line at 9:45 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters from Niles Station No. 2 arrived with their tower ladder truck at 10 a.m. Firefighter Kyle Richardson and engineer Pat Nagle went up in the tower’s bucket, freeing the trapped bird from the bag.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 10:19 a.m.

Niles firefighters, (from left) Lt. Kurt Calliseh, firefighter-paramedic Kyle Richardson, and Engineer Pat Nagle, with the family who called in the trapped baby bird firefighters rescued Thursday on Wood River Drive. (Niles Fire Dept. photo)

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