Dad branches out to rescue his son from tree

PUBLISHED: 06:39 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

WHEN firefighter Steve Mills reacted to a 999 call the last person he thought he would be helping was his son. The 34-year-old retained crew member was on his lunch break at his home in Blagdon when his emergency bleeper went off. His nine-year-old son Li

WHEN firefighter Steve Mills reacted to a 999 call the last person he thought he would be helping was his son.The 34-year-old retained crew member was on his lunch break at his home in Blagdon when his emergency bleeper went off.His nine-year-old son Liam got stuck while climbing a tree in Blagdon Primary School.Liam's leg was twisted at an angle between the tree branches and he had to be supported by the school's headteacher to stop him falling.Steve, who has worked for the fire service in Blagdon for 10 years, said his son was quite embarrassed that he turned up to rescue him. He said: "I only got called out because I went home for my lunch and my bleeper was in range of Blagdon."It never entered my head that it would be Liam as the printout just said somebody was stuck up a tree."As soon as we pulled up he looked straight down at the ground. He didn't want to look at me because he was so embarrassed."His knee had got wedged and he seemed like he was in a lot of pain."In the end we had to turn his leg and lift him up. He was fine and only had a bit of pins and needles."I've only had to rescue two people I know in 10 years and the other one was a friend who was in a minor car accident."It is not the first time Steve has been called to stop Liam from falling from a tree - but the first in uniform.Steve, a builder, said: "Liam loves climbing at home and I had to save him when a branch snapped on our tree at home."He was hanging by one hand and was about to fall. I think he's learnt his lesson now though.

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