APS Line Workers Make Purr-fect Rescue

Sweet Pea had a sweet reunion with her family, after Arizona Public Service line workers came to her rescue. The cat somehow climbed all the way to the top of a 40-foot pole near her home in Toltec and then couldn’t or wouldn’t come down. Sweet Pea’s family called APS Customer Service and the Eloy Fire Department was also alerted.

Soon APS line workers Chad Wittenberg and Sean Hartdegen were on the way to the scene. They determined the power line needed to be shut-off to safely maneuver around electrical equipment to rescue Sweet Pea.

Eloy Fire Chief Kelly Weddle captured the happy moment on video. The cat can be heard meowing as the bucket truck moves into position. With arms outstretched, Chad calmly convinced the kitty to leave its perch and her grateful owners are heard applauding as Sweet Pea, Chad and Sean came down to safety.

“We appreciate the partnership we have with APS. They are quick to respond, we have excellent communications and, in this case, avoided a bad situation,” said Chief Weddle.

Cat being rescued off a power pole by APS crews in Toltec, Arizona


APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering reliable, affordable, and clean energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, one of the nation’s largest producers of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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