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Fire Department Come To Rescue Man And His Parrot From Crazy Situation


Emergency response teams find themselves in a lot of crazy situations. While many are par for the course, some are much more memorable. What started out as a regular day could have them dealing with a freak accident before they know it.

A Simple Trip to the Park Took a Turn

It was unlike any other call to action that the Belleville Fire Department of Belleville, Illinois had ever seen. Earlier this month, a 66-year-old man, John Crawford, found himself stuck in the mud after an attempt to rescue his beloved pet parrot, Amigo.

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While introducing Amigo to a couple at Bicentennial Park, the parrot had flown into a recently dredged lake and became stuck. Crawford noticed the parrot in distress and quickly followed in to try to save his feathered friend. The mud, thick and watery, acted like quicksand and caused Crawford to sink which left him stuck waist deep with no way out. The couple jumped into action and called 9-1-1 immediately.

The Rescue Team was Shocked

The fire department quickly arrived at the park and dove into a very special rescue mission. With the bird perched comfortably on Crawford’s shoulder, the firefighters were able to pull the man out of the mud with the use of a ladder, and they even entered the muddy waters themselves. It wasn’t long before Crawford and Amigo were safely on dry land.  Describing the mission as “dangerous and unusual”, the Bellevue Fire Department was happy to report that both the man and the parrot were safely rescued and did not require any additional medical assistance.

Belleville Fire Department

Fire Chief Tom Pour was impressed with the parrot, stating, “This was a pretty tame pet. He was more than happy to stay on his owner’s shoulder and ride the whole ride back to the shore.”

A Scary Day with a Happy Ending

Crawford was thankful for the couple who called 9-1-1 and for the Belleville Fire Department for their swift call to action and successful rescue. Amigo is a lucky parrot to have an owner as dedicated and loving as Crawford.

Belleville Fire Department

Due to the bravery, diligence, and creative thinking by all involved, this story has a happy ending.

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