2005-08-25 / Top Stories

Firefighters Recruited For Emergency Tree Surgery

By Neil S. Friedman

Clockwise from below:tree limb lies across Conklin Avenue blocking traffic; firefighter secures branch from falling on parked car below; equipped with a chainsaw, fireman (behind trunk) severs branch from tree.         Photos by Neil S. Friedman
Clockwise from below:tree limb lies across Conklin Avenue blocking traffic; firefighter secures branch from falling on parked car below; equipped with a chainsaw, fireman (behind trunk) severs branch from tree. Photos by Neil S. Friedman When a limb partially broke off a Conklin Avenue tree early Monday afternoon, local firefighters were quick-ly dispatched to the scene to remove the branch that was impeding traffic on the one-way, eastbound thoroughfare.

Commonly known for unswerving heroics when it comes to plucking survivors from deadly fires, firefighters have also been known to rescue trapped cats and dogs. Now, firefighters from Engine Company 170 on Rockaway Parkway can add tree trimming to their versatile resumes.

Shortly after a large branch from a brittle tree, which a nearby resident claimed she’d notified the city about “dozens of times” since she moved into her home on East 95 Street two years ago, fell across Conklin Avenue, just east of East 95th Street, police arrived to detour traffic ahead of the firemen.

After assessing the scene and determining how to complete severing the limb from the tree without letting it fall onto a parked car, members of Canarsie’s Bravest turned into tree trimmers. After separating the branch and pulling it away from the tree, one firefighter lightheartedly remarked, “We hope the Parks Department doesn’t find out we’re doing this or they’ll fine us!”

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