‘Man dressed in red and white’ freed from Milford chimney

A local resident allegedly found himself stuck in his own chimney early Christmas morning, according to Carlisle Fire Company President Ryan Knowles.

“The Carlisle Fire Company was dispatched to a ‘citizens’ assist of a man dressed in red and white [who] was stuck in a chimney,” he said.

Carlisle Fire Company in Milford responded to "a 'citizens' assist of a man dressed in red and white [who] was stuck in a chimney," according to Ryan Knowles, president of the fire company.

Carlisle Fire Company in Milford responded to “a ‘citizens’ assist of a man dressed in red and white [who] was stuck in a chimney,” according to Ryan Knowles, president of the fire company. Submitted Photo/Ryan Knowles

Three units with about 15 members of the fire company responded to a home in the area of Lakeview Avenue and E. Clark St. at 4:30 a.m. to help the man out of the chimney, Knowles continued.

To no surprise, Knowles identified the resident as Nick, but released no last name.

He said the crew freed the man in about 30 minutes from the chimney using a rope and pulley system with the help of the ladder truck. No property was damaged during the efforts to save the man dressed in red and white.

That’s when it went from weird to bizarre.

“It was kind of weird because after he was free, he had a herd of deer in his back yard that were very friendly,” Knowles said.

“He kept asking if any of us would like a ride in his car, but he kept calling it a sleigh, and it was the same color as our firetrucks.  He did say how much he loved the city of Milford and now he loves all the firefighters of Carlisle.  A very bizarre call to say the least, but hey, who are we to judge? We just continue to answer the call.”

While “Nick” didn’t have a phone, he did have “some kind of list,” according to the company president.

“Honestly, we were all a bit sleepy eyed in that time of the morning, so it’s all still kind of a blur.”

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