A Buckingham five-year-old visited Buckingham Fire Station on Monday to thank firefighters who rescued him when he got stuck in a tree.
William Baughan, from Badgers, had climbed into a tree during break time at Grenville Combined School on Thursday, May 2.
William’s mum, Jodie, said: “I had a phone call from William’s teacher, Mrs Thomas, saying: ‘No need to panic but William’s stuck in a tree and we’ve had to phone the fire brigade.’”
AlthoughWilliam was only a couple of feet off the ground, his leg was completely trapped in a crack in the tree.
Mrs Baughan said: “He’d gone up the tree and I think his shoe had fallen off, and as he stepped down he stepped into the crack. It could only happen to my son.”
Local firefighters called upon an urban search and rescue team from Aylesbury who brought a hydraulic spreader and a chainsaw.
Paramedics also attended.
Mrs Baughan said: “The firemen were so, so good with him. One of them was supporting him all the time because he couldn’t put any weight on that leg, and the other leg was dangling.”
The rescue took about an hour and a half.
Mrs Baughan said:“He was very, very brave, especially with chainsaws and all sorts of equipment round him.
“Because he didn’t panic, I didn’t panic.”
Apart from a few bruises and scratches, William has suffered no ill-effects from the incident. Mrs Baughan said she doesn’t blame the school. “It’s just one of those freak accidents,” she said.“There are trees in that school and there are children, and at the end of the day they’re going to play on them.”
Headteacher Peter Wain stressed: “We don’t allow the children to climb the trees. The children are fully supervised at all times.”
William was invited to the fire station on Bank Holiday Monday with his mum, dad Daryl and sister Abigail, aged 10, who also attends Grenville.
Mrs Baughan said: “He got to use the hose, he had a lovely time. I don’t think they’ll forget him in a hurry.”
She said: “It was all a bit of excitement, with three fire crews, a paramedic crew and police car closing the road at one point. It did seem a bit over the top but, when you stop and think about it, it could have gone horribly wrong.”