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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District rescues cat from top of utility pole

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Algonquin-Lake in the Hills firefighters responded to an unusual call Thursday night.

Crews were dispatched about 5 p.m. to the 300 block of Wander Way, Lake in the Hills, to rescue a cat who had climbed to the top of a utility pole, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Mike Kern said.

“We don’t normally go out for cat rescues, but it is a community service, and we decided to go out there, check on it and see if we could be of assistance,” Kern said.

Resident Craig Hack called the police department after noticing the cat on top of the pole. At first, he thought it was a large bird. The cat had a collar on it with no tags and was given to the police department to identify its owner.

Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the cat.

“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you the last time we had to do that, in years,” Kern said. “It was just unusual because years ago, you’d see a cat up in a tree, and it would just crawl down. But this time, it was on top of a pole. It must have climbed its way up somehow.”

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