Scott 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 â€“ easy going, liked to be around friends and would always make you feel welcome.”
Source: The Orange County Register