Mike Fitzhugh is officially the new Rutherford County Sheriff. After being voted in by the Rutherford County Commission last Thursday and sworn in after the meeting, he received his bond at 12:01am Monday morning.
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Departmentâ€™s Ladder 9 responded to a unique rescue call just before 3:30 Monday afternoon at a home located at 5206 St. Ives Drive in Berkshire subdivision.
Jan Jansenâ€™s 18-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw named Larry had flown on top of the neighborâ€™s roof. In a panic, Jansen called MFRD so crews could use a ladder to access her neighborâ€™s roof.
When crews arrived, they set two ladders and made their way onto the roof, but a startled Larry flew to the woods about a block away from his home and settled at the top of a 40â€™ Hackberry tree, according to Captain Joe Barrett.
Crews had to regroup and come up with an inventive way to coax Larry out of the tree. They were able to work him down, tree limb by tree limb, until they caught him at the bottom of the tree.
Larry was reunited with a thankful Jansen and her two daughters.
Jansen explained to Captain Barrett that they usually keep Larryâ€™s wings clipped, but had not done so this winter. She took him outside because he had never flown off before, but this time he reacted differently.
She contacted MFRD because she feared the tropical bird would not make it in the projected 30 degree temperatures Monday night.
â€śMrs. Jansen was very grateful for the rescue,â€ť said Captain Barrett. â€śShe was tickled to death it all worked out so well; so were we.â€ť
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