A GoPro camera captured the drama as firefighters rescued two tiny kittens on Sunday. One of the babies had to be revived with CPR at the scene.
Firefighters from Shift 3 of the City of Athens Fire Department in Athens, Ohio responded to a call about a kitten trapped down a narrow pipe underground on Sunday and rescued what turned out to be two kittens instead of one.
The first kitten was brought up from an extremely narrow space and then warmed and dried. Then a second kitten was heard meowing and was brought up through a larger sewer pipe opening. The crew had to use water to help move the second kitten toward the opening.
The second kitten looked very weak and was having trouble breathing so Lt. Doug Ford used CPR compression to get the kitten breathing again.
“There wasn’t really a whole lot of thought process,” Ford told the Athens Messenger/ AthensOhioToday.com. “I just knew we needed to get it breathing and we did.”
Firefighter and photographer Sean Dean often brings his GoPro camera on calls and films any interesting events on the job.
“I’ve been a firefighter for 27 years and I’m planning on retiring, so I like to capture what we do,” Dean told the Messenger. “When you get a good story, you like to capture that.”
“Typically we don’t do cat rescues from trees, but these two kittens were in a special situation,” Cpt. Kenny Gilbraith told the paper.
The fire crew was happy to help the kittens and to put their confined space training and equipment to use.
Sean Dean says he hopes his videos show people what firefighters do and why they are committed to their work.
“I think it shows how kind firefighters are,” Dean said. “The reward is going out every day and helping people, that’s the ultimate reward for us.”
An adult cat that appears to be the Mama appears toward the end of the rescue video and checks on one of the kittens before a little girl carries it, wrapped in a blanket and nestled into a small box, into the house.
Watch as Athens firefighters make the dramatic rescue and revive one of the kittens: