Man Dies When Trying To Rescue Cat In Tree

BuehlerScott Buehler had a soft spot for animals, and he was trying to help one when he fell to his death from a tree.

Buehler, a 27-year-old foreman who had received firefighting training, climbed up a tall cypress tree to save a neighbor’s stranded cat. But while rescuing the cat, he fell 35 to 40 feet and died.

Neighbors said the cat had been in the tree for two days meowing.

Buehler was able to grab the cat, but then some branches snapped and he lost his balance and fell off the tree.

Firefighters tried to save his life, but he later died at the hospital.

A neighbor had called Animal Care Services so the agency would get the cat, but the officer arrived at the same time as the accident happened.

The cat had minor injuries but was treated and reunited with his owners.

Buehler’s roommate said, “He was a great guy – easy going, liked to be around friends and would always make you feel welcome.”

Source: The Orange County Register

17 Responses to “Man Dies When Trying To Rescue Cat In Tree”

  1. Chuck U. Farley says:

    How sad…it hope it is a comfort to his family that he was a good man who will be waiting for them in heaven.

  2. stefani says:

    What a great man. Wish I’d known him.


  3. Tammy says:

    What a sweet person. I would of probably done the same thing because I love animals so much. I know the cat is grateful and loves him very much. Rest in peace. Tammy

  4. Hazel Chambers says:

    why is it that the angels such as this man die…while those who abuse seem to not even stub their toe???

  5. dru says:

    now……..there’s a hero!!

  6. says:

    Sad, but true! this man is definitely a hero!

  7. The Lioness says:

    Wow. What a kind person.

    My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace.

    I’m so glad the cat’s family got him/her back after all of that. At least he didn’t die in vain. :(

    ~The Lioness

  8. mainecoonpeg says:

    There is a special place in heaven for this man.
    What a kind and selfless person
    RIP my hero.

  9. trudyjackson says:

    He is certainly a Hero. There will be a golden Crown for Him in heaven. God Bless people like him, there aren’t enough. I feel so bad for His family. RIP.

  10. Robyn says:

    That makes me so sad. There are so many evil people in this world; nothing bad seems to happen to them. Then, a rare good person comes along, and he gets killed trying to do something good. I wish good things happened to good people but they don’t.

  11. Sandy says:

    Bless him he is with God now…I feel so sad for his family and the world that lost such a good, kind person

  12. Debby M says:

    What a wonderful man - risking his life to save a cat. I’m so sorry for his grieving family. May he rest in peace.

  13. Wescott20 says:

    The world has lost a wonderful man. God bless him.

  14. Diane says:

    This is such a tradegy for his family. Our son is also a firefighter. I asked him at one time if they DO rescue cats up trees. His reply? Have you EVER seen a cat skeleton up a tree? Don’t risk your life trying to do this~they ALWAYS come down.

  15. Myrtle says:

    This is such a bittersweet story..the cat is saved and the lifesaver is not….how happy for the cat and how sad about the wonderful man…This person had to have a heart of gold to do this..

  16. Aaliyah says:

    wow i have a cat and if he would go up on a tree and save hime then die id cry soooo much and this is kind of personol but ill tell the hole city even if it convenses people to laugh at me but this man that i dont even know touches my hart and makes me want to cry and now that im ritting this im crying i mean im a cat lover and if u were stell alive id hug u to deth.

  17. Scott's Mom says:

    Thank you for the comments about my kind-hearted son Scott. It’s been more than a year, and yet my heart is still strongly grieving. He was a wonderful person, filled my life with great joy, and is sorely missed.

    So many people say we shouldn’t help cats in trees because cats will always come down - the most common comments are “they got up there, they can get down” and “did you ever see a cat skeleton in a tree?” - but that just isn’t true!

    This five-month-old kitten had been 40 feet up in the cypress tree for two days, crying pitifully the whole time. The whole reason the neighbors gathered to figure out how to help is it was clearly in distress, and had already been up there for a long time (they thought it was a stray). Coaxing hadn’t helped, nor had Animal Control at that time.

    For the record, Scott did not fall because “branches snapped” and so forth; he actually lost consciousness as he climbed back down, with the kitten secured in a backpack. Scott was being treated for severe back spasms; witnesses said he seemed to faint, then fell limply, not calling out or grabbing for the tree. He also was killed instantly.

    There’s another lesson in this for me: don’t always believe everything you read! Once the AP picked up the story and sent it out on the wire (the original newspaper article got the incorrect facts from an interview with a police spokesman), there was little chance of putting the record straight.

    Scott wasn’t careless: he took precautions (wearing boots, a helmet and heavy gloves), and was capable of this rescue - his last entry on his MySpace page is “PickAxe88’s back is feeling better” - but it just wasn’t meant to be, and His plan was fulfilled.

    Please feel free to check out Scott’s MySpace page; and share his memorial video at the website listed ( Thank you.

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