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Say cheese! Firefighters have some fun while rescuing cops stuck in elevator

Sometimes even the police need rescuing, and one fire department took the time to savor the rare moment with a priceless photo.

When a group of a dozen officers got trapped in an elevator at the police academy in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, they had to call the Kansas City Fire Department for help.

The elevator was stuck because the officers exceeded the weight limit.

Before the firefighters extricated the officers, firefighter Tony Pisciotta made sure to memorialize the moment by posing for a photo and flashing a thumbs-up in front of the trapped policemen.

The police department later posted the pic on their Facebook page with the caption, "Well, that was embarrassing."

"We poke fun back and forth at one another all the time,'' Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett told TODAY. "We don't have a rivalry at all. They had fun with it."

Everyone made it out of the elevator with no issues, though as the police department noted in its Facebook post, "egos were severely injured."

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"We have a great relationship with our brothers and sisters in red, and it was another example of the great work by the Kansas City Fire Department," Sgt. Kari Thompson of the Kansas City Police Department told TODAY. "It was a funny moment, and it shows that we can laugh at ourselves. It also shows the city that the two departments work well together."

"It was my pleasure to give my best cheese face for the boys in blue,'' Pisciotta wrote in a Facebook comment on the photo. "I love how some of the guys ducked their heads to prevent being noticed, and others...Well, went with it."

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