NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - When a protestor scaled the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day, four NYPD Emergency Services unit detectives came to the rescue.
The officers recounted their heroics during FOX 5 NY morning program 'Good Day New York.'
"We immediately rushed out and met up with the harbor unit who took us over (to Liberty Island)," said Det. Christopher Williams.
Once there, Det. Brian Glacken engaged Therese Okoumou who had climbed the exterior of the structure and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m.
"At first she didn't want to talk much. She threatened to kick off the ladder. She said she wanted all the children let go," said Glacken referring to the Trump administration policy to separate families entering illegally at the U.S.- Mexico border.
She spent some time sitting, lying, and moving around the base. At one point, she removed her sneakers and tried to climb higher on the statue but wasn't able to get any higher.
Rope had to be lowered down from Lady Liberty's crown to reach the officers and the protester.
"She could have slipped off and injured people there trying to enjoy the day," said Glacken.
Okomou eventually apologized to Detectives Williams and Glacken.
"She said she was sorry for having us come up there. As long as the three of us come down safe that's all that matters," said Glacken.
There were no injuries during the four-hour ordeal.
Okoumou was arrested and was expected in court on Thursday.
The National Park Service said on Thursday that more than 4,000 visitors were evacuated from Liberty Island as a precaution.