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Boy from Rims is rescued by Billings firefighters after he tries to save the family pet



Billings, Montana – When a Billings youngster attempted to rescue his cat, Bruce, on Sunday afternoon from a precarious situation on the Rims, he became caught on a rocky, steep ledge.

Van Sloan, eleven, claimed that he was unable to descend after ascending higher to get to Bruce.

His mother had been assisting him in his search for the cat, but she was unable to assist Sloan and dialed 9-1-1.

When the Billings fire crews arrived, they rapidly concluded that rappelling from the top of the Rims at Swords Park would be the most effective way to reach Sloan. After descending to Sloan, a firefighter secured him with a harness and brought him down safely.

Sloan expressed his immense relief with the arrival of firefighters, as there were no injuries reported in the event.

“To be honest, I was actually thinking that I was going to die there because I was pretty hot and thirsty,” Sloan said. “I was just a big, giant train wreck.”

After all was said and done, Sloan had a message for his rescuers: “Thank you so much, I don’t know how I could ever repay you.”

Regarding Bruce, according to Sloan, he slid down once more after he captured the cat. Bruce was perched on a ledge above Sloan, observing the firefighters at work. Sloan declared that he would not be going up to chase the cat again and that he was sure Bruce would return home when he was hungry.

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