Firefighters rescuing paratroopers stuck in tree near Seattle

We’ve all heard stories about firefighters rescuing cats in trees, but this is the first we’ve heard of them going up to get U.S. Army Paratroopers. Based on the photos coming out, it looks like the soldiers’ parachutes got caught on some pretty tall pine trees. We’re just glad that everyone involved is safe. A local news report said that the paratroopers are “OK but are unable to get down on their own.”

  • xristosdomini

    Well that’s embarrassing…

    Someone’s going to owe a fine to the kangaroo court, methinks…

    • Lady 12

      Your avatar is really cool. And I agree, this won’t do Ft. Lewis any favors.

  • Eric Johnson

    I’m surprised the base doesn’t have the people and equipment to do this on there own.

    • R0nin

      The base is a couple hours away, I imagine the locals can get them down much quicker.

  • Lady 12

    Just wait until the eco-nuts get a hold of this. This will be their next reason to hate the army- a spotted owl might have been in one of those trees!

  • Maxx

    We’re all one team fellas…s*&t happens. Gonna be a long night in the barracks though. Bet on it. Soldiers and sailors can be brutal. lol

    • Lamontyoubigdummy

      Beat me to it. I was gonna say, Alternate Headline: “Paratroopers Stuck in Trees Rescued by Local FD, Get New Nick Names, Hazed to no End by Buddies”.

      • Scott Jacobs

        “Paratroopers Stuck in Trees Rescued by Local FD, Offers to ‘Just Stay There’ to Avoid Barracks”

  • Jack Deth

    I thought the standard load out for a T-2 parachute contained 50 feet of rope snap linked to either the left or right side, forward of the parachute pack for just such emergencies.

    Or did the safety morons get rid of knives for the troopers and riser cutters for the Jump masters, too?

    • bryan

      You’re a few models late Jack, its T11 now. No rope, but most carry knives. But when you are over 50 feet up, best bet is to stay put, get rescued, and deal with the teasing. I’ve seen more than a few paratroopers get really messed up trying to climb down themselves.

      • Jack Deth

        Thanks, Bryan:

        I do remember watching a group low level drop of the 82nd Andrews, AFB the day before the base’s Air Show. Where a misjudged wind carried about twenty troopers beyond the fence line and onto Suitland Parkway. The rest landed where they were supposed to. Between the east and west side active runways.

        No one got stuck in trees, but they did tie up traffic just outside the base for about two hours.

  • TheKingJAK

    My Uncle was 82d AA during Vietnam. I know on one drop he was stuck up in a tree. His SGT offered to pull him down with a rope, but he respectfully declined and waited to find a way down. Another time they were dropped by drunk pilots onto concrete and rocks (A parking lot, and the tarmac).

  • ked5

    as a local, this bugs me. we don’t have “pine” trees in western wa (well, maybe a scant few that are largely ignored). we have doug fir – a staple timber tree that among old growth here can top off above 300′ tall.