Fire crews rescue 2 stuck paratroopers



JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Who ya gonna call when you’ve got two Army paratroopers stuck in trees?

Firefighters from nearby Lacey, Wash., responded Thursday with a tall ladder truck. They’re part of the Thurston County Special Operations Rescue Team, which trains for things like tree rescues.

Battalion Chief Steve Crimmins says the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire Department brought one paratrooper down before his crew got there. The other was stuck higher in a different tree and Lacey firefighters used their tall ladder for that rescue.

Crimmins says Lewis-McChord fire personnel reported that the paratroopers were participating in a routine training jump when they encountered wind that blew them into the trees.

Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Piek confirms no one was hurt. He adds the base is “just very thankful” to the Thurston County fire crew.