FDNY Firemen on Lunch Break Save Brooklyn Kitten


It’s not news to report that the FDNY rocks. That’s as much a given as claiming that the sun will rise each morning, or that every woman turns into her mom. But four FDNY firemen this week gave up their lunch hour to rescue a trapped kitten in distress. When a guy from Brooklyn sets aside his stromboli and rushes to rescue a trapped tabby, that’s worthy of a standing O.

In this case, the cat was trapped within the walls of Assemblyman Joe Lentols office. One of his staffers sent the following email describing the rescue:

Yesterday, while Assemblyman Joseph Lentol listened to new Governor Andrew Cuomos State of the State address, his staff was having an adventure of their own back at the district office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It started when communications director, Amy Cleary, noticed that you could hear a cat crying from the back of the office where the first floor store abuts on a small fenced parking lot. It was clear that the cat was in distress.

But there was no way to get into the parking lot because it was locked and the top of the fence had barbed wire. Cleary put out cat food which was left untouched and unsuccessfully rang doorbells of nearby buildings trying to find someone who had keys to the lot.

Then fate intervened on behalf of the trapped kitten. Just when Amy was starting to get desperate, I looked outside and there was a fire truck and four firemen, they were on their lunch break and buying sandwiches at the Italian Deli across the street. It was such a lucky coincidence, said JoAnn McErlean, Assemblyman Lentols executive assistant.

I went outside and asked them when the last time they had saved a cat was. I told them it wasnt up in a tree but it was definitely trapped, said Cleary. They climbed the fence to the parking like it was nothing! But it wasnt long before we figured out that the cat wasnt out in the parking lot. I convinced them to come in the office and listen for themselves to the meowing.

All four fireman trooped through the office to the back where the cats cries could still be heard but much quieter than earlier in the morning. I was so worried, said Tish Cianciotta another Lentol staffer. It was clear she was getting weak and tired, the firemen got here just in time.

They realized she must be in the wall, and started trying to figure out where in the wall she was, they took apart part of the wall in our bathroom and then went down to the basement with a ton of tools. I felt so bad, they were on their lunch breaks and all of their food was back in the truck getting cold. But they were great, they just kept at it, trying to get her out, said Cleary.

It was the most exciting thing weve had happen here in a while. They even mentioned bringing in infrared equipment but I think they were kidding, said Emily Mijatovic, Lentols district office liaison.

The firemen finally had success by cutting a hole in the basement wall and coaxing the kitten out with food. She was a hungry girl and very dirty from her adventures in the wall. After posing for a pictures the firemen, who Lentols staff was pretty sure had now missed their entire lunch break and had to go straight back on duty, went back on their truck and headed back to the Firehouse 238 on Humboldt and McGuiness.

I couldnt believe it when I heard. She must have found a way to get into wall for warmth during the snowstorm and not known how to get out again. I want to thank the firemen from Firehouse 238 for giving up their lunch hour to help a lost kitten. As an animal lover, this is the kind of story that warms your heart and gives you hope in the New Year, said Lentol.

If you’d like to give this story a happy ending, the kitten is now at Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), a no-kill animal shelter in North Williamsburg, waiting to be adopted. BARC is located at 253 Wythe Avenue at North 1st Street in Brooklyn. (718) 486-7489.

[SOURCE: NY Times]

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