Firefighters rescue Florida boy from tree

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Firefighters had to come to the rescue of a 7-year-old Orlando boy clinging to a tree branch 40 feet off the ground.
Matthew Simmons tells the Orlando Sentinel that he's an experienced tree climber and "just climbed up there like a bear does" to get to a branch that would carry him across a 6-foot wide drainage ditch in his backyard.
But Matthew got stuck when he realized the branch wasn't strong enough to hold him. He called for his parents, who called in the Orange County firefighters. They used a ladder to reach the boy.
Sarah Simmons says Matthew had never climbed a tree that high before.

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