News for 9/21/15

Fireman Saves Cat at a Cost

On Monday, firefighters responded to a call concerning a cat that was stuck in a tree. The cat, belonging to Suzanne and Samantha Decker, was stuck in an oak tree at 102 11th street in the early afternoon.

 

Once the fire department arrived, Bob Harwood heroically climbed the tree almost 50 feet up to retrieve the cat. On his way down, a dead tree limb snapped, causing Harwood to fall the last 15 feet with no support. He is at a local hospital with a broken leg. The cat is doing “just fine.

 

Fire Alarms Cause Suspension for 10 Students

Northeast High School principal Laura Vibelius reported Wednesday that she has suspended ten students in the wake of a fire-alarm-pulling incident. According to Vibelius, the school’s fire alarms went off on three different occasions throughout the day Wednesday. Once the students were caught, they explained their motive was to protest a Monday suspension of 5 other students that were caught smoking marijuana on school grounds.

 

“Not so much unrest because of the suspensions, but because of the summer vacation being so near,” explained Vibelius.

 

She sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the near future.

 

Turned Texaco Truck Causes Evacuation

 

On Monday, firefighters responded to reports of an overturned Texaco gasoline truck on the outskirts of town. The accident occurred on 48th Street and Correctionville Road just outside of Sioux City.

 

The spewing gas from the turned truck caused sewer lines to flood with gas for two blocks around the accident site, causing four families to evacuate their homes. For two hours, the situation was fairly serious until the gas floods eventually washed away.

 

“The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for such an occurrence,” said Fire Chief Charles Hochandel.

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