Renton first responders help coax woman out of tree

Woman stayed in 110 foot tree for two hours until a police negotiator convinced her

On Tuesday, May 11, Renton first responders helped rescue a woman who climbed nearly all the way up a 110 foot tree.

Just before 2 pm, police officers were dispatched to the 10900 block of SE 183rd in South Renton for a female suffering from a mental illness who had climbed up a tree.

According to a Facebook post from the Renton Police Department, officers arrived and confirmed there was a lone female about 50 feet up in a tree who was screaming unintelligibly and refused to climb down the tree at the request of officers on scene.

A negotiator and the Renton Regional Fire Authority were requested to the scene. The negotiator, accompanied by a uniformed officer and firefighter, were lifted up in Renton Regional Fire Authority’s ladder truck. The woman continued to climb the tree until nearly reaching the top.

After a reported nearly two hours of negotiation, the woman voluntarily got into the bucket of the ladder truck where she was safely brought down to the ground and later transported to Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.