Teamwork leads to rescue of trapped kitten

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A tiny kitten was rescued thanks to a state trooper, police and a crew of public works employees.

Crying sounds coming from a Somerset County, Pennsylvania storm drain turned into a rescue operation one day last month as crews worked to free a kitten from underground.

Somerset police said the kitten was rescued from a storm drain at the intersection of North Center and Pleasant avenues on that Friday morning, August 15.

Somerset police Chief Randy Cox said a Pennsylvania State Police trooper fueling a vehicle at the Turkey Hill gas station in town first heard the kitten’s cries. Somerset police arrived and called for assistance from the borough public works department.

Public works employees Todd Suder, Joe Dively, Brad Weimer and Tom Jury were able to free the kitten from the drain, but only after it went deeper into the drain, Cox said.

First the crew removed the grate from the drain, but the kitten moved away, further down the pipe, Cox said. Weimer went into the drain and was able to get the kitten to move back toward the drain grate, to where Suder was waiting.

Police said the kitten was not hurt and was taken to the Somerset County Humane Society to be cared for and then made available for adoption.

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