Photo captures smiling firefighter with rescued kitten

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Firefighter Ryan Thompson rescues a kitten. Katie Wilburn photo, via Gallatin Fire Department.

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A firefighter gave the best smile ever as he brought a kitten up to safety from a storm drain Monday night, and a passerby was on hand to capture the moment in a photo.

Gallatin, Tennessee firefighter Ryan Thompson rescued the kitten from a storm drain in a Kroger supermarket parking lot on Nashville Highway

Passerby Katie Wilburn snapped  the great photo of the happy firefighter coming back to the parking lot’s surface from the drain with his little rescue kitten.

The rescue required the removal of a heavy iron drain cover.

It is not known how long kitty was trapped in the storm drain before the rescue.

The Gallatin Fire Department posted the photo to Facebook Tuesday, writing:  “Excellent job last night with a quick save in the Kroger parking lot Ladder 4 crew! Thank you for the picture submittal Katie Wilburn!”

Kitty’s rescuer, Ryan Thompson, added in the Facebook comments: “A local patron of the Kroger Marketplace kindly took the kitten home.”

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