Riverbank rescue in Wilsonville frees Patrick the prize-winning bull

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Firefighter Blake Reichel calms Patrick the bull.Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue personnel in Wilsonville were called upon today to carry out a rather unusual rescue.

Around 12:43 p.m., TVF&R personnel were dispatched to assist a homeowner in Wilsonville whose prize-winning bull, Patrick, fell down a steep, 20-foot embankment and was stuck on the riverbank.

Due to the steep, slippery terrain, the incident commander requested help from TVF&R's Technical and Water Rescue teams. Firefighter Blake Reichel swam to the bull to secure him with a rope and keep him calm while firefighters above cleared a path down the embankment and through thick brush.

With some gentle coaxing from his owner, Patrick climbed up the hill while several firefighters pulled his line. Patrick appeared uninjured and remained calm during the rescue, which lasted about an hour.

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